Full plate: Former MasterChef star Ben Milbourne’s 2017 is already shaping up to be nuts
Tassie’s own former MasterChef star Ben Milbourne had a hugely busy year in 2016, and this year is shaping up to be equally as massive,
It may only be the first day of the year, but with three television shows on the go, former MasterChef contestant Ben Milbourne already has a huge 12 months ahead.
While for most mere mortals, that would be more than enough to keep them busy, it is only the appetiser for the Tasmanian.
This year, Ben is also set to open a restaurant in Devonport release another book, as well as keeping up with the demands of raising his young family.
“If there was anything else [on the agenda] I think I would curl up in a ball and probably cry myself to sleep,” he jokes.
Ben shot to fame on the fourth season of MasterChef in 2012, and since then has stayed in the public eye with a steady stream of TV shows and books.
Speaking from his home in the state’s North-West Coast, Ben said the new year was a great time to reflect on the year that was and look ahead to the next 12 months.
“We always get to the end of every year and sit down on New Year’s Eve with the team and say ‘wow what a year, it can’t possibly get any bigger than that’, and each year it seems to get bigger,” he said.
“It’s been an absolutely nuts 12 months, and I’m sure next year with the restaurant opening that will throw another spanner in the works and it will be another massive year.”
The fourth series of his hit TV show, Ben’s Menu (WIN), is on the horizon, with filming to start in the next couple of months.
With almost 300 episodes under his belt, Ben said the show had almost become “second nature” to film, and is one he really enjoys making because it is based in his home state. Before Ben’s Menu returns to the small screen however, two other shows he stars in, Food Lab and Andy and Ben Eat Australia, are set to air next
Food Lab (WIN) takes advantage of Ben’s background as a science teacher to explore the science behind food.
He explains that it is “an attempt to try and make people at home not only better cooks, but better scientists in their understanding of scientific
It’s been an absolutely nuts 12 months, and I’m sure next year with the restaurant opening that will throw another spanner in the works and it will be another massive year
principals and the role that science plays in world.” Following on from the success of Andy and Ben Eat The World, he made with good friend and 2012 MasterChef winner Andy Allen, Andy and Ben Eat Australia will air on SBS
A visually spectacular series, the show will follow Andy and Ben as they travel from Tasmania to northern Queensland, stopping off at various places to investigate what constitutes an ‘Australian’ menu.
As if that wasn’t enough, Ben has a book coming out later in the year, as well as the opening of his new restaurant on the waterfront in Devonport.
When the restaurant does open, next spring or summer, he plans to throw all his energy and time into it to ensure it’s a success.
“I’m happiest when I’m in the kitchen cooking for people, so that’s kind of where I want to be,” he said.
“The times I look forward to are those times during service when I can plate food up and send it out to people in the dining room.”
While he won’t be disappearing completely from the small screen altogether, Ben said he would need to reassess his priorities.
“At some point you have to make a decision on what you want to do and for me making sure that this restaurant is really successful and produces really good food and is a bit of a point of pride for producers on the North-West Coast ... that’s going to be first and foremost,” he said.