Benjamin Christie is a young Australian celebrity chef with a rapidly growing international reputation as a television presenter, cookbook author, culinary educator and chef consultant.
His career started at the award-winning Sydney restaurant, The Watermark under the guidance of Executive Chef Kenneth Leung. After his apprenticeship, Benjamin moved on to senior positions at properties including Great Keppel Island Resort, The Parkroyal Perth, Angsana Spa Resort and the acclaimed, Banyan Tree Resort in Indonesia.
In recent years, Benjamin was introduced to international audiences as co-host of the now popular Australian TV cooking show, Dining Downunder which has now broadcast to 48 countries throughout the world. This unique series entertains and edifies viewers about authentic Australian cuisine and showcases those special places around Australia. The show has been the catalyst for the increased use of authentic Australian foods in up-market international restaurants, hotels, resorts, on-board cruise ships and in corporate event menus.
In 2004, together with Vic Cherikoff, he co-produced his first book, The Dining Downunder Cookbook an achievement which owes as much to Benjamin’s focused publishing effort and computer skills as to his culinary contribution between the book’s covers. The title has sold thousands of copies to date via direct and on-line sales alone.
Benjamin makes regular appearances on television and radio and is often invited as guest chef to hotels, resorts, prestigious clubs, cruise ships and food festivals around the world from The Rhode Island Clam Chowder Festival to cooking at Australia Week in Moscow.
Benjamin is a contributing authority to a number of publications and websites around the world and his recipes have appeared in many general circulation and trade publications. In addition, his website is widely regarded as an important contribution to the food industry and has a wide following for the many culinary topics about which he writes.