Chef Ben Vaughn / Junior Chefs Competition MC
- Ben Vaughn is an award-winning chef, best-selling author, restaurateur and featured television personality. In addition, Ben is a husband, a father of four, and passionate about food. Ben’s love for accessible and delicious “people” food is what inspired him to write his latest book, “Southern Routes,” a Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Amazon.com Bestseller, which chronicles his journey to find the best family-owned restaurants from North Carolina to Texas, and share their recipes, culture, life and love for food.
- For Ben, life is about sharing stories and amazing, approachable food with the hungry masses. Ben is a featured food columnist for The Daily Meal and the Las Vegas Sun. In addition to being a writer and author, Ben is a television host and personality featured on Food Network and A+E Networks programming with an upcoming show in 2016 on Travel Channel. Ben is also the host and co-producer of the digital series “The Breakfast Show” on the Small Screen Network.
- From a culinary career that started in South Florida and flourished as he became chef/owner of trendsetting and critically acclaimed restaurants (River Oaks, Grace, Au Fond Farmtable, White Oak Kitchen) throughout the South winning Best New Restaurant for each, Ben’s true passion lies in great food and the stories that can be told through food. He sits on the culinary advisory board to National Food Day and serves as CEO and Culinary Director for his restaurant group Fork Knife Spoon, with an upcoming restaurant under wraps for now....!