Author Archives: Chef Benjamin Kelly

About Chef Benjamin Kelly

I have spent the last fifteen years cooking professionally and gaining an education in kitchens all across the country culminating in achieving my "Red Seal Cook" status. I have cooked for the governor general, a lieutenant governor, heads of major political parties, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and countless satisfied customers. Through all this the most important lessons I have learned are to be prepared and to keep it simple. My love of food comes from my mother. Some of the first and fondest memories I have are of cooking at my mothers side. She and I, would spend snowy winter days making tea biscuits and corn chowder, shepherd's pie, goulash, baked beans and oatmeal bread, or any number of other things. In the fall we would make pickles and preserves and forage for wild berries and mushrooms in the woods around our house. Our little farm supplied us with vegetables, herbs and meat in the form of chicken and turkey as well as their eggs. Most of the food we ate that we didn't grow came from other farms in our area, farmers who we knew by name. Growing up so close to where my food was coming from I gained a deep respect for the things we eat. That respect is something that I still carry with me. The lessons I learned at my mothers side, and on our little farm have stayed with me. I hold on to the memories, beliefs, and values. It is those things that have made me who I am today.

The Best Split Pea Soup

Have you ever been confused, angered, excited, surprised, and elated at a dish all at the same time? I have. I remember very clearly as that initial spoon not-so-full passed my lips and hit my tongue. All my preconceived notions were gone in an instant. This green slop was not prison food. I was not being punished for doing poor work. I was being thanked. Continue reading

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I love fall

There is something in the air. You can smell it, feel it, and if you look closely enough you can see it. The days are getting shorter as darkness creeps ever quicker into the once blue sky. Fall is on it’s way. Continue reading

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Salad Dressings 101

A good salad dressing should coat your salad but not make it soggy or heavy. The dressing should be vibrant and compliment your salad, yet not over power it. Choosing the right dressing for your salad is just as important as all the other ingredients. You need to find a balance of flavour. The best way to balance the flavour of a salad is to make your own dressing. It is easy, quick, cheap, and delicious. There is no reason why you should be buying salad dressing, none at all. I would venture to guess that you already have all the ingredients you need to make a great salad dressing on hand. You don’t need to buy expensive ingredients, just use what you have. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Pizza Baby

I don’t know about you, but I f***ing love pizza. Okay, I can make an educated guess and say that you also love pizza. I mean, who doesn’t? In my opinion pizza is the perfect food. I believe this for a number of reasons including but not limited to the fact that the base of any pizza is an edible plate. As someone who only recently fell to the trappings of time and was spit out the wrong side of their twenties, I can tell you, having food that has a built in plate is a bonus. There are of course other things that make pizza perfect which we are about to get into. Well, let’s do it. Continue reading

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Being A Professional Cook

Imagine you are locked in a small, hot (40°c/104°f), noisy room with five other people. One of them is a drug addict, one is an alcoholic, one is a criminal, and one is a movie nerd. Each of you is given ten separate sets of tasks. Some of your tasks may be completely yours, but for some of them you may need components from one or more of the other people. Over the next ten hours the five of you will be given no food, and you will not be allowed to sit down… Continue reading

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A Quick Meal After Work

Let’s start at the beginning, as that is usually the best place to start. What did I have to work with? The first thing I found in the fridge was noodles. As I have said before, I f***ing love noodles. Continue reading

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Rainy Day Soup

The point of this post was not to show you how to make this soup. It was to show you how to make soup in general. In cooking there are a lot of things that you can just wing and soup is definitely one of those. Cooking soup is a chance to experiment and try new things, you just need to know the basics. That is what I hope this post taught you. Not how to make this soup, just how to make soup in general. As a note I will say that I have never made this soup before, there is no recipe, and it was delicious. That is the point. Play, experiment, and taste. Continue reading

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Top 10 Things I Love To Cook on My Days Off

The thing about being a Chef or a cook is that you rarely get to cook what you want. Sure you may come up with the menu and the recipes, and you may love them, but cooking the same things everyday can get pretty boring no matter what you are cooking. That’s why on my days off I cook what I want and what I like. Maybe you have a family, maybe a picky partener, and maybe this prevents you from cooking what you want. I think that at least once a week you should cook for yourself. Cook what you like and you never know, the people you are cooking for might end up liking what you like and then you get to cook what you want all the time. The only question I have is, what do you like to cook on your days off? Continue reading

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Top 10 Food Questions From The Internet

I have spent the last week searching the internet for the most asked questions about food and cooking. The list below is what I found to be the top ten most asked out of all of those questions. I hope that the below information is useful to you and if you have a question about food or cooking feel free to leave it in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer it. So here are my answers to the… Continue reading

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Top 5 Ways To Change Your Burger Game Forever

Our nation’s birthday is upon us. What better way to celebrate then with some burgers? Seeing as it is a special occasion and all why not try something different? Below I list a few things you can do to that will change your burger game forever. Continue reading

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