Meet Ben Bartlett. He is Flavour King’s BBQ Ambassador and he is the foremost authority on BBQ cooking.
He is behind our fantastic range of BBQ glazes, seasonings, herbs, spices and marinades; all expertly blended and created by Ben and guaranteed to get every BBQ sizzling with big flavours.
If having nine, yes nine, BBQs at his home didn’t qualify him as an expert, then he also has some pretty serious titles to his name – 2003 Britain’s Best BBQer, Food Champion of the Year, Founder of the Best BBQ Team and President of the British BBQ Association. He also written a number of books about BBQ cooking too, including The Haynes BBQ Manual which is now available in over 75 countries around the world!
What Ben doesn’t know about BBQ cooking isn’t worth knowing; it’s his passion. And we’re delighted to share that passion and his years of experience and knowledge of BBQ cooking in the Flavour King BBQ range.
Believe it or not, Ben was destined to become an opera singer, However, it was when studying opera for two years in Florence, Italy, that he discovered his true future career.
While in Florence he worked at Masaccio’s restaurant where he learnt to cook more than 100 types of pasta. A career in opera was forgotten and his culinary path was set. He returned to the UK and continued his training with Conran at Cantina Del Ponte. Since then he has cooked for notable venues such as 10 Downing Street, The Foreign Office and The European Cardiff Summit.
Up until this point BBQ cooking was a hobby for Ben, limited to friends and family. But all that changed in 2003 when he was asked by friends to do a small for their wedding. Following that, an unbeknownst to him, the same friends entered him in the 2003 Best British BBQer competition.
The regional heat was held in salubrious surroundings - an Asda car park! An eventual London final saw Ben crowned the 2003 Best British BBQer. Since then he has risen to become the King of BBQ and has made TV appearances on Ready Steady Cook and other programmes sharing his knowledge.
Today, Ben remains as enthusiastic as ever about barbecuing – even the Christmas turkey gets cooked on the BBQ; a great way to free up space in the oven! His personal favourite is fish on the BBQ, particularly a seafood pizza.
To find this recipe and many others from Ben, check out the recipe section on the website. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for top BBQ tips from Ben.
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