Resides: Queensland

Age: 31

Occupation: Builder

Cool, calm and collected, Ben says his laidback approach in the kitchen should not deceive his fellow competitors.

Described by some of his fellow housemates as the king of seafood, Ben admits it is his greatest strength coming into the MasterChef Australia competition.

His passion has always been the water and its produce and he does not remember a Christmas without a seafood feast.

Born and raised in Brisbane, Ben attended Brisbane Boys’ College, before commencing a carpentry apprenticeship at 17.

When he finished five years later he worked alongside his handyman father for three years, admitting the pair routinely took a midweek day off to hit the open waters.

Ben hopes to start a charter boat company, looking forward to taking groups out to fish before cooking the produce fresh on the boat.

Ben looks to Iain Hewitson, Maggie Beer and former MasterChef Australia winner Andy Allen as his food idols.

When he is not fishing Ben loves arts and crafts, a skill he has inherited from his creative family – his grandmother was a sculptor. He enjoys painting miniature figurines and making earrings for his wife Caitlyn.