If you are a huge lover of the Australian TV series, chances are that you know about the famous Ben's Menu, which premiered on 8th September 2014. The TV cooking series features guest cooking and discussing food recipes. Ben Milbourne is the face and mind behind the show.
Ben is an Australian media personality who wears different hats in the industry. He is a skilled chef, author, and former high school science teacher. He transitioned from teaching to becoming a reality TV star upon his nomination to join the MasterChef TV show.
Ben Milbourne profile summary
- Full name: Ben Milbourne
- Date of birth: West coast of Tasmania
- Place of birth: North West coast of Tasmania
- Nationality: Australian
- Ethnicity: White
- Marital status: Married
- Spouse: Sally
- Profession: TV personality, teacher, author
Ben Milbourne biography
Ben was born on the North West coast of Tasmania but has not offered any details about his year and date of birth. Therefore, Ben Milbourne age is not publicly known. He is the son of Sue Melbourne (mother) and John Melbourne (father).
He is the second born child in a family of four children. While growing up, the author and the rest of his family members enjoyed going on camping trips, fishing, and cooking on campfire. This made him passionate about cooking like the rest of his family members.
MasterChef career and TV shows
After graduation, he began his career as a high school science teacher. However, his life turned around after one of his students nominated him for the renowned TV series MasterChef. Ben Milbourne brother, Grant Milbourne, had auditioned in 2014 but did not get the role.
Upon joining the MasterChef, he became the heartthrob of the show. Ben Milbourne recipes and cooking expertise won the hearts of many, giving him a huge fan base. He landed several other opportunities to work with other food channels, such as Ready, Steady, Cook, and Everyday Gourmet.
Later, he opened his show known as Ben's Menu. Ben Milbourne chef is also the co-host of the contemporary cultures series titled Andy and Ben Eat the World on the SBS channel. Also, he has a regular TV cooking segment on The Off-Road Adventure Show on Channel 10.
Ben is a successful author with two books in his name. In November 2013, he launched his first book, Mexican Craving. In September 2014, he released his second book, Tasmanian Trail, based on Tasmanian producers.
In 2016, he joined hands with his wife in rebranding and growing their The Cultivate Group Company. The company includes Cultivate Productions. The couple partnered with the University of Queensland during their first fully produced show, Food Lab by Ben Milbourne. Ben Milbourne Food Lab premiered in 2017 on Channel 10.
Ben Milbourne TV shows include:
- 2014 - Ben's Menu
- 2014 - The Offroad Adventure Show
- 2014 to 2020 - MasterChef Australia
Why was Ben Milbourne removed from MasterChef? He was eliminated over a sour salmon, which the judges considered acidic and inedible. The chef had prepared a BBQ salmon fillet with charred spring onions, kale, walnut cream, sauce, and vierge using a difficult-to-cook cut of salmon collars, but his fish was too acidic.
Are Ben and Andy still friends? Yes, they are. Since his best friend, Andy was one of the judges who eliminated him, people have always been curious to know their current relationship status. Even though they were best friends, Andy was an honest, reliable, and trustworthy person who judged his dish without bias.
Ben Milbourne wife and children
The chef is married to his long-term girlfriend Sally. After signing up for the 2012 season of the MasterChef cooking show, he broke up with Sally as he was uncertain about the future. However, after being on the show for 11 months, he realised that he could not live without her.
He reunited with his girlfriend when he was eliminated from the show, and the duo tied the knot in December 2013. A year later, they welcomed their firstborn daughter, Charlotte (2015). They welcomed their secondborn, Jack, on 13th December 2015.
The star has undoubtedly gathered good fortune from his work as a talented chef, successful media personality, brand ambassador, and founder of his own production company. However, the exact figure of his net worth is not known to the public.
What is Ben Milbourne doing now?
The chef is still hosting cook shows on various TV programs. He has also been running his Providore Place restaurant CharlotteJack until recently, when he shut it down. The celebrity chef opted to close down the Ben Milbourne restaurant due to financial hardships and troubles with his lease.
We tried basically everything we could to get enough customers in there and enough turnover to make it economically viable. We opened seven days a week, we did breakfast and lunches and dinner and tried absolutely everything but there just isn't enough patronage of that area to make it economically viable.
Ben Milbourne facts
Here are lesser-known details about the former high school science teacher, TV personality, and celebrity chef:
- He attributes his love of food to his grandmother.
- He was passionate about teaching; hence he took up a course in education.
- His cooking strengths are in Mexican and seafood cooking.
- He is fascinated by trying out new recipes and combining flavours.
- He is private of matters regarding his personal life.
- He is a husband and a father of two.
Ben Milbourne has succeeded dramatically in his career and life. His personality and down to earth approach has made him popular with people of all ages. He remains one of the best chefs in Australia and beyond.
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