Welcome to BenStarr.com!

Welcome, fans, friends, and family!  Whether you discovered me by watching MasterChef USA, HGTV, or The Rachael Ray Show, or if you’ve been a follower of my site across much of its 15-year existence, or stumbled across me more recently, you are very welcome here.  I am humbled to have inherited an amazing fan community from around the world, and it’s a joy to share my unique life with you.

I am so grateful for the joy you’ve all brought into my life, and for sharing your stories and creativity with me!  Cooking is, perhaps, the most human of all experiences, and regardless of your heritage, nationality, religion, or socioeconomic background, when it comes time to celebrate life with those you love…you get in the kitchen to cook.  I think that’s a miracle, and gives food the power to bring people together, break down barriers, and connect in ways we might otherwise not find.

I must thank Ozzie Bock, my wonderful fan in Arkansas, for coming to my rescue when I was at my wit’s end in getting this site live.  And also to one of my dearest friends, Monty Taylor, who basically makes the internet work for all of us, and who also hosts my site.  I must also recognize the free software community, who took the WordPress format and made it such that a blundering boob like me could (with help from Ozzie and Monty, of course) put up a website that can bring people together to celebrate life and food, without having to mortgage my house.  Software is art, just like a perfect recipe, or a timeless painting.  And those who work so hard to give it away for free are heroes in my book.

302 Responses to Welcome to BenStarr.com!

  1. Hello Ben! I’m just a Senior Animation Student in Illinois, and I found you watching Master Chef while working on my capstone animation. You were by far the most fabulous part of the season you were in. When you left the show, I immediately needed to know where you were now. I am overjoyed that you’re doing what you love right now. You have a wonderful personality a brilliant knowledge of food. My dad is very passionate about food as well and he is the one who cooks all of our home meals. I’m going to try and show him some of your recipes!

    • This post resonated strongly with me!! I’m a student too, studying level design for video games, and I always watch Master Chef while I’m working. I totally agree that Ben was the best part of his season. I hope your capstone animation turned out :).

  2. Too Shy to Share

    I was watching Masterchef Season 2 since I enjoyed the first season so much, and I’m watching it on Youtube. The only reason why I’m sticking with watching that entry is because of you, you were interesting, and I’m at Episode 7 and I’m greatly saddened I didn’t see much of your work. Spoiling myself to see where you reach the end made me both happy and slightly cringe, I was recoiling because I’m just watching that Season to see your work, but at the same time I was happy you managed to last for so long.

    It’s really fun seeing you in here. I followed your social media accounts, and I hope one day I’ll be able to taste your creation. For now, I’ll try some of your recipes.

  3. Silje Hatlestad

    Hello Ben!
    You are such an incredible and unique person, I just have to say the obvious here!
    You should definitely take a trip to Norway where I live and bring some of the amazing skills that you have, to let others see what cooking is all about.
    When I first watched Masterchef and you showed up, saw what you could do, the personality you have, it blew me away, so refreshing and awesome!
    such a smart and talented person, I could literally go on and on about you! sorry for rambling here, but in the end all I want to say is; thank you for being who you are, keep up the amazing work that you do, you truly are a star, in many ways 😀
    love and hugs from your norwegian fan
    -Silje

  4. Hello from Japan!
    I was just watching all the seasons of MasterChef and I immediately became a fan of yours. I was rooting for you ever since you walked into the show with a pumpkin hat an apron.
    You had such a sunny attitude, and such charisma & versatility in your cooking. I was blown away!

    I hope things have gone well for you since then and know that you now have a new fan who is cheering you on in whatever you do! I have Ben Starr struck! *hugs* 😀

  5. We’re just watching your season of master chef now. We LOVE Ben Starr!!!

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