13 questions with Ben


Ben in action in the kitchen. Image: Supplied.

Known for his colourful shirts and panna cotta attempts, pharmacist Ben Trobbiani made the top 10 in this year’s season of MasterChef… we interview him now that the show has wrapped up

Ben Trobbiani, 24, quickly became a favourite in the competition and made it as far as the top 10 of MasterChef’s eleventh season.

The Adelaide pharmacist was eliminated following a “zero-waste” challenge set by renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura after choosing to cook duck – a choice that was criticised by the judges, especially after he only cooked a small portion of the duck.

“Well that was a quackingly poor cook! Pretty big brainfade in the kitchen,” said Ben on Instagram after being eliminated.

“I’m sad to be leaving the MasterChef kitchen tonight, but incredibly happy and proud looking back on my journey through this competition. From back-to-back eliminations to back-to-back immunity cooks it’s been a rollercoaster.”

MasterChef aired its finale nearly two weeks ago, with 22-year-old Larissa Takchi taking out the top prize.

Larissa and Ben had cooked a few times as a team during the competition.

A pharmacy graduate from the University of South Australia, Ben worked in community pharmacy for a few years before entering the MasterChef kitchen.

He completed his internship year at Priceline Pharmacy Norwood after graduating in 2016, then worked at Priceline Pharmacy South Gate Plaza before taking on a locum role.

Following AJP‘s in depth interview with Ben a few months ago, we decided to ask him some quickfire questions to get to know him better – his thoughts about pharmacy and food – as well as his plans for the future.

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