Food Network host Ben Vaughn will give two lectures on campus Friday, March 28, from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in Frisbie Hall 200.

Ben Vaughn’s love affair with food began at an early age, cooking in his beloved grandmother’s kitchen.Left to his own devices, Ben developed a strong sense of his own personal tastes, with a hefty helping of creativity and imagination. His passion for cooking only grew as time passed, as Ben underwent  training in the culinary arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale while working nights in some of the best restaurants in the city to gain valuable hands-on training and trade secrets from experienced and skilled chefs. It is safe to say that Ben was hungry for what the food scene had to offer.

From his early training,Ben moved on to become chef/partner and restaurateur of a handful of restaurants in Memphis, TN,earning him James Beard recognition in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Ben’s move from chef/restaurateur to Food Network host was a natural transition, triggered by his desire to share lessons learned from successes and disappointments over the course of his culinary career and a passion for educating others.While exploring some of the dirtiest kitchens in the nation, Ben was also able to show the humanity and desperate needs of the owners/restaurateurs he encountered and leave them more knowledgeable and equipped to succeed. Daddy, husband, writer, Food Network host, chef, and constant visionary – BenVaughn is a multi-faceted man on a constant quest for the next breakthrough in taste. The combination of his years of practical kitchen experience filled with trials and triumphs and his zealous, adventurous spirit are a delicious revelation that even the most discriminating palate will enjoy.

CleanTemp, a company that produces self-sanitizing thermometer systems, will also showcase their products with a chance to win prizes.