By Ben Milbourne.
Ben Milbourne of MasterChef Australia Season 4 has a truly fresh take on Mexican cuisine, and his new book Mexican Craving, will inspire you to make this incredible flavoursome food at home. It’s one of the oldest cuisines, yet one of the newest trends – healthy, packed full of flavor and is the perfect food for sharing, it’s no wonder Mexican is experiencing such a resurgence of interest. With his modern twist on the traditional food, easy‐to‐follow directions and lots of substitutes for those harder‐to-find authentic ingredients, Ben opens up the amazing world of Mexican food with his enthusiasm and cooking nous. With over 70 recipes from tortillas, tacos, tostadas, chimichangas, quesadillas, empanadas, salsas, sides and salads to sweets, and dynamic street food offerings, you’re bound to find something to temp your tastebuds. So whether it’s entertaining at home with your family and friends or hosting a Mexican fiesta, make every night Mexican night!
Ben attributes his love of food to his grandmother. He remembers making scones with her after school. ‘She was an amazing cook, a true grandmother. Before you said hello to her you’d be in the pantry looking at what she’d baked.’ Family is important to Ben. Growing up on the coast of Tasmania, Ben was the second of four children. ‘As a child we used to go on family camping trips and we would take out Dad’s boat, go fishing and cook the fish. We would go diving for abalone and cook it on the campfire. Since appearing on MasterChef, opportunities to continue working with food has been widespread with Ben appearing on national morning breakfast shows and guest appearances on television cooking shows. Other major events have included celebrity cooking demonstrations at major food festivals, brand ambassador for Cascade Brewery, as well as hosting and cooking for a variety of private functions and cooking schools.