BY 17 Wodonga’s Ben Warhurst already had an insatiable appetite for the food industry.
The former Catholic College Wodonga student gained an apprenticeship at BeanStation Cafe last year and a foothold into the sector.
Soon after he developed his own personal brand and business, known as Ben’s Food Diary.
“This social media business has focused on sharing local hospitality with my community so as to allow fellow food lovers to be more engaged and involved in their local area,” he said.
“Part of this ‘sharing’ process has included live interviews with local hospitality-related business owners and collaborations with regional chefs to explore their personal experiences and work ethic, and meetings with industry leaders.”
Warhurst said he had gained a position as a product ambassador for the Essential Ingredient in Albury.
This month Warhurst will collaborate with chefs, TV presenters, food retailers and wineries to bring the first Border Food Forum to Wodonga.
What's your favourite summer dish?
I love having cold Thai Coconut Rice with mangoes, an absolutely traditional meal in my extended family!
What's your favourite season?
Winter, I love the cold, I hate being hot. Who doesn’t like porridge, soup and warm bread?
What are the staples in your pantry now?
Chocolate, flour, sugar and cocoa
What is your earliest cooking memory?
Making literal mud-pies for my mum and forcing her to eat them!
Which ingredients do you grow yourself?
Herbs, herbs and herbs
Which six people would you invite to dinner?
Adriano Zumbo, Kirsten Tibballs, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay, Fidel Gastro and Ben Shewry
What is your favourite foodie ritual?
Tasting every piece of cake. You’ve got to make sure it tastes right, don’t you?
What are you bingeing on TV? If anything.
Chef’s Table (Netflix) and Doctor Who
What did you have for dinner last night?
Korean Fried Chicken Bao with apple slaw
What are you drinking at the moment?
Lemon Lime and Bitters; aah!
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