Our Chef Ben White Does Chopped for Ladies Who Lunch

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Some of you know him as Blair and Teri White’s son. A few of you recognize him as the nephew of Bill and Bob White. I know him because he is my neighbour, Joyce White’s grandson. It doesn’t matter how you met him, you should be aware that the fourteen year old High-Schooler is an up and coming triple threat to the Food Network chefs.

Ben and his brother Emmett share my Celiac disease, so all Ben’s recipes are gluten-free. His Mother has also set up a Facebook page called Go Gluten Free so everyone can share their gluten free recipes. As he told his father, local plumber, Blair White,

Dad, you fix peoples pipes, I fix up people’s tastebuds

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So if you have read our regular Chef Ben Sunday column you know all this. But, what you don’t know is that Ben White was a guest chef at last Tuesday’s Ladies Who Lunch at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. I will let Ben tell you about his experience in his own words.

“I competed in a cook off at an event called Ladies Who Lunch at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa. I was invited to the event but I didn’t know what I was going to do. I had seen a man and a women walk by me in a chef’s coat and hat but I had no idea what they were going to do next. As I was standing at the back of the room, I heard my named called and I was selected to be one of the sous chefs. I was so excited, and was going to cook with Chef Carly. As soon as the other sous chef was picked we started whipping up salads and sauteing shrimp. Within 20 minutes we completed dishes of sauteed shrimp with a corn, black bean, and quinoa salad as well as a melon. There was an apple and marshmallow salad as marshmallows were the Mystery Ingredient. It was really fun cooking with Carly and I would love to do it again!”

It was a great learning experience for me! Thanks to Ladies Who Lunch!

For more pictures, my mother Teri White has an album on her wall full of pictures from the event.

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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