It’s time for the best chefs from each British region to come together and compete on The Great British Menu. Yes, the BBC show is back for its 17th installment. No wonder, the talented chef Ben Orpwood is here to represent Central.
Let’s learn more about him as this Ben Orpwood Bio proceeds.
Ben Orpwood On Great British Menu
The very first ep of The Great British Menu Season 17 kicked off on February 1st, 2022, and it saw over 24 chefs representing 8 British regions (at least 3 from each). Among them, Ben Orpwood joined the Central team alongside Liam Dillon and Sally Abe.
For those who don’t know the eight British regions included Central, Scotland, the South West, the London South/East area, the North West, Wales, the North East, and Northern Ireland.
Dave Critchley, Sam Lomas, Stevie Lamb, and Caroline Martins, represented the North West.
Ben’s game plan on the show was to give the judges a taste of his authentic Asian food, which pushed the boundaries of fine Asian dining. Also, his profile on BBC mentioned that his menu for the competition was “innovative, adventurous and celebrates some of British TV’s best moments and the iconic Fanny Cradock.”
Ben Orpwood Wife
Ben Orpwood married the love of his life Tin Nilar Win Orpwood on October 5, 2011. And even after a decade, their love was going stronger than ever!
So, what’s their secret? Well, if you ask us, the key would be understanding and appreciation. According to Ben, he was “proud” of his “extremely talented” wife, who is also his “queen.” Furthermore, to keep the fire burning the duo often went on vacations. Last we saw them, Ben and his wife were enjoying a “well-deserved break” in Spain in September 2021.
Talking about Ben’s wife, Nilar is also quite an accomplished persona. A Yangon, Myanmar native, Nilar graduated from Dagon University and went to Dubai to work at the Zuma Restaurant. She then moved to London in 2015, joined the Executive Search Co., Ltd, and from 2015 – 2018, she took on a job as a reception manager at ROKA Charlotte Street, a Japanese restaurant.
After 2018, the lady then also went to work briefly at Toko Sydney (a Japanese restaurant located on Crown St in Surry Hills) and came back to the UK to work as a reception manager at the Ivy Collection, a full-service restaurant that served breakfast through to dinner.
Trivia: Nilar receives her birthday wishes on December 29.
How Old Is Ben Orpwood?
Ben Orpwood was reportedly born before 1985. That made him 36 years of age in 2022.
He was the oldest among the three who represented Central on The Great British Menu.
Ben Orpwood Height
Ben Orpwood stands tall at a height above 5 feet 9 inches (175 cm).
His district feature includes — reddish hair and beard, blue eyes, and green round frame glasses that he never took off.
Ben Orpwood Net Worth
Ben Orpwood flaunted a net worth of under $1.5 million by 2022.
This talented chef has been in the industry for over 17 years and has traveled all around South East Asia and the Middle East. During his time in Japan, Ben has also worked with master chefs in Toba city and Tokyo and opened up Issho restaurant in Leeds with chef Benjamin Orpwood.
As the chef started garnering more popularity, he was then tempted back to the UK with an opportunity to work at the Sexy Fish. And then, in 2018 came the best deal — to work as an Executive Chef at Gordan Ramsay’s Lucky Cat. This was his biggest milestone.
If you haven’t heard of the restaurant, Lucky Cat is located in Mayfair and is inspired by Tokyo’s 1930s kissas and Shanghai’s drinking dens. They offered Asian-inspired dishes from the raw bar, robatayaki grill, and main kitchen.
The biggest inspiration for Ben in the food industry has been Colin Clegg, who was head chef at Zuma London when he joined in 2005, and Tim Hughes. He coincides them his “two dads in the industry.”
Fact: Ben’s love for Japanese food comes from its transparency. “With Japanese food, there’s no smoke and mirrors. You can’t hide behind it,” he explained.
Has Ben Orpwood Revealed His Family?
Though Ben Orpwood didn’t directly name his family, he has featured his father and brother over his IG a few times.
Besides them, we have received some names who are his relatives — Linda, Adam, Charley, and Neil Orpwood.
From his “in-laws” side, Ben’s relatives are Yelin Aung, Thethae Phyu, and Win Kaythwe.
Where Is Ben Orpwood From?
Ben hails from Cambridge, England.
When Is Ben Orpwood Birthday?
Ben celebrities his birthday on the third week of August.
He is of the Leo zodiac.
Is Ben Orpwood On Instagram And Facebook?
Yes, as of Jan 2022, Ben entertained 7.1K followers over Instagram @benjaminorpwood. Most of his posts then featured his amazing recipes and his family.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find him on Facebook.