NEXT COURSE COMING UP
MASTERCHEF runner-up Ben Borsht will this week undergo the life-changing surgery he delayed to take part in the 10th season of the reality cooking competition.
The Brisbane builder turned foodie, who finished second to Sashi Cheliah on the Channel 10 show earlier this year, underwent an emergency operation in 2016 after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The procedure was a total colectomy, the removal of his large intestine, and he was fitted with an ileostomy bag as a result.
Two days before the judges’ auditions – the phase of the competition when filming begins each season – Borsht got a call to say he could have the operation to enable him to live without the bag but, as it would have meant bowing out of
MasterChef, he decided to delay it. He’s now having the surgery before Christmas.
“It has been really hard,” he said. “I’ve been putting things off and haven’t fully committed to anything because the bag does limit me from certain things and I can’t take a job then have the hospital call me a month later and say ‘you’re booked’.
“But now I can have a look at a new career in the New Year.”
While Borsht has been keeping busy with his popular IGTV and YouTube cooking series, CatchMe, and will appear on an episode of Network 10’s The Cook’s Pantry alongside fellow Queenslander
Matt Sinclair, he said the ultimate goal is to get into a professional kitchen.
“The next step is to build up my skills and pick up new tips and tricks by cooking and learning in a kitchen,” he said.
Borsht will spend about a week in hospital and will take a further two weeks to recover at home, which means he will have a low-key Christmas with wife
Caitlyn (pictured with Borsht), who he credits for being a huge support.
“I really have a lot of respect and love for her,” he said.
He said he was glad he decided to delay the surgery to do MasterChef.
“I had the best time ever (on the show) and it was a life changing experience,” he said. “It’s weird how life works out. Sometimes it’s all falling into place.”