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. Hey! I just found your website after watching master chef on Hulu. From the beginning of the season you were my absolute favorite and I was rooting for you. When you were eliminated I screamed out loud, “Noooooo!!!” I just wanted to reach through the tv and give you a hug. I went straight to google to see where you have gone. I am definitely a fan and wish so bad I could taste your cooking! Wishing you all the best, Lizzie from NY.

    P.s. I loved all your hats your mom made!
    Especially the pumpkin one. 🙂

  2. Ben, I just watched your season of MC on Youtube and from the beginning you were my favorite contestant. Your humility and enthusiasm for others really had a positive impact on me. Even in the midst of a grueling competition you showed genuine excitement and emotion for your competitors when they both succeeded and failed. It was hard not to smile every time they showed you on camera. From what I surmise you’re a better man than you are a chef, and you’re a damn good chef. Thank you for being a light.
    – Liam from Lakeland

  3. Trista Hargrove

    Hey Ben! You are by far my favorite contestant from MC, along with Christine Ha. You have a fabulous personality and innovative recipes and ideas!! I’m glad you’re doing so well!

  4. Just recently I started binging MCA and I am addicted. I think I cried when you left. I have a new found appreciation to food and started cooking more and trying new things because of the show. Thank you for being so fun to watch!

  5. Sherry Johnson

    I totally loved watching you in MC season 2. I loved your hearts, compassion for other contestants when things went south for them, your guts to try doing that chili with bananas ..(also taking beans out when you thought it would be bad) and just all around decent person. I am sorry to hear that you thought the show a fake. I understand that R.T is sometimes geared to “making a good show” but fake? Curious why you said that. I enjoyed the show anyway and it has been a reason to inspire me to get in the kitchen and try doing some recipes I found on Gordan Ramsay u tube things. I just plain think your hats were adorable and you seemed very intent on doing your absolute bestest!! (I know that isn’t really a word but, I love it anyway…describes you) Love you much.

    Sherry.

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