He was cool, he was calm and he was always collected, well, I am talking about MasterChef Australia Season 09 first runner-up Ben Ungermann who is now a force to reckon with when it comes to ice creams.
His ice-creams are packed with flavours, are light on the palate, and leaves a nice lingering taste. What’s surprising is the fact that he had never made ice-creams in his life before entering the show.
However, he now has a gourmet ice-cream parlour in his hometown Ipswich, Australia which he launched with his brother Danny in January 2018. He loves to come up with unique flavour pairings in ice creams which include savoury versions such as Sambal ice-cream too.
The 34-year-old model-turned-celebrity chef was in Delhi recently as part of a world tour, displayed some kitchen theatre for an Indian audience.
At an event organised by Johnnie Walker for its Gourmet Experiences Season 03, Ben not only curated a drinks-led menu but also showed us how to make a Toasted Coconut and Johnnie Walker Black Label Raisin Ice-Cream.
“For this season of Johnnie Walker Gourmet Experiences, I have created a Toasted Coconut Ice Cream with Raisins to pair with Johnnie Walker Black Label. This has become my favourite ice cream to date. The pairing of an earthy toasted coconut with the depth of flavour in the Johnnie Walker Black Label with soaked raisins, has made really indulgent ice cream and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” stated the first runner-up of MasterChef Australia Season 09.
MasterChef Australia is a competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network Ten. Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston serve as the main judges MasterChef Australia.
Coming back to Ben, well, just a couple of months ago Ben was in Bengaluru as part of his tour covering Indonesia, South Africa, India, Dubai, Singapore and Netherlands. He believes that in order to grow as a chef, it’s important to have done some touring or dealt with international cuisines closely.
Here’s wishing this latent and innovative chef all the best and I am sure we would hear lots about him in the near future.