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. Hi Ben!

    As others have mentioned before me, you are absolutely brilliant! I’m writing to you years after watching the second season of masterchef, but being an avid food lover, I’m rewatching it all! And I still think just as I did then, how lovely you are. You have such a fantastic and vibrant personality, so extremely likable and honest! I think you deserved to continue in to the finale in MC, but am glad to see that you’ve pursued your dream and continuing to love life. I would love to visit your restaurant one day and try your food, but you’d be so well received if you should ever like to visit Sweden.
    Much love from Stockholm

  2. Dear Ben,

    Watching you on masterchef has been such a joy, me and my sister were always hoping it’s anyone but you eliminated because we knew we’d miss your humor and very sweet personality.

    Hope you are doing well and making awesome dishes like always.

    Stay amazing, stay absolutely amazing, like you are.

    Love from UAE ♥️

    Best,
    Mona

  3. Yes you were the greatest literally

  4. I don’t know if you will see this, by I really love your cooking and your personality, you’re my most favourite chef, passion is just bursting out of you and your uniqueness is unbelievable, I love you and your hats and your mushrooms💜

  5. You are the nicest contestant in the MC history! I really enjoyed watching you…i hope you are doing well..wish to know about your news as well as Adrien who is your friend i believe.
    Much love from Algeria

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