O'Donoghue, Ben. Ben's Barbecue. Hardie Grant DUE AUG 2009
Ben O'Donoghue, is an Australian Chef and TV presenter. For Ben, cooking is a passion and a reflex, it's something he's done since childhood and it never ceases to give him pleasure or stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive, technically and culturally correct.
Ben started his career working in a number of topclass Australian restaurants including Tribeca and Goodfellas in Sydney and Jessica's in Perth before moving to London in 1998. For four years he worked at The River Cafe and then joined his mate Jamie Oliver at the exclusive Monte's Club as head chef.
Since moving back home, Ben has starred in The Best in Australia (The Lifestyle Channel), based on the hit BBC series. Ben was one of the chefs in the original series of The Best, which produced an accompanying book of the same name. His television credits also include four series of the internationally acclaimed food and travel program, Surfing the Menu, a journey to source and cook with the finest, freshest ingredients from all over Australia and New Zealand. The popular series screens in Australia and the UK and has also been sold to over 30 other territories. He was the food judge for LifeStyle FOOD's Great BBQ Challenge series; and has also appeared on BBC's Saturday Kitchen and Planet Food. Ben was also a star on Channel 10's successful Masterchef series.
Ben writes a regular food column 'Ben's Basics' for Olive Magazine in the UK as well as a regular column for Delicious Magazine in Australia.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys surfing, fly-fishing and playing with his three children.