Ben Robinson: everything you need to know about the Below Deck star and chef

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Ben Robinson Below Deck

by Hannah Mellin |
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Ah, Below Deck, the hit Netflix show that kept us all gripped during 2020’s worldwide lockdown. It provided an escape into the world of luxury sailing with the show focusing on the lives of crew members and captains and how they deal with demanding guests and navigate life at sea.

The series produced some of our fave telly moments in recent years, remember Chef Kevin Dobson making a penis cake for a demanding guest for his bachelorette party? Or the moment international photographer Johnny Eyelash and his entourage were found with drugs and forced to return to port? DRAMA.

However, one of the show’s stand out stars has to be master chef Ben Robinson, who famously kept his kitchen ship shape.


We take a deep dive on Ben, who has a pretty impressive past…

Who is Ben Robinson Below Deck?

Ben is best known for being a chef, with over 15 years of experience working in high end restaurants and the largest sailing yacht in the world. He worked under Italian master chefs in Florence as well as Heston Blumenthal’s 3-Michelin Star restaurant The Fat Duck.

He definitely doesn’t mess around when it comes to food but is probably best known for starring as the spiky haired head chef on US series Below Deck and spin-off show Below Deck Mediterranean, the show that gave a glimpse into the working lives of chef Ben Robinson and eight crew members. He appeared on six seasons on the show before he decided to leave to focus on his successful catering business.

Reflecting on his time on the show on Lorraine, he said that he has no regrets about appearing on the show, “You can't live in regret, luckily I haven't - I've been able to progress and I've had a good platform.”

How old is Ben Robinson Below Deck?

He was born on 30 December 1980, so that makes him 41 years old.

Where is Ben Robinson Below Deck from?

Despite travelling the world and starring on a USA telly series, Ben is actually British and proud of his roots. He was born in Oxford and attending boarding school there before moving to the U.S. with his parents. He currently is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (and the sea, of course).

Who is Ben Robinson’s dad?

Ben comes from a pretty talented family as his dad is writer Patrick Robinson, who writes stories about the navy and non-fiction books about thoroughbred horses.

He had a pretty posh upbringing and previously revealed that he used to hang out with the royals. “I used to play sports with Prince William and Harry. It was just ultra privilege,” he said.

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How much does Ben Robinson charge?

Since leaving Below Deck, Ben now he travels all over the world creating his masterpieces and is available for private events, private instruction and guest appearances.

According to his official website, you can book Ben to cook you a slap up dinner, but you have to enquire before he gives you a price, unfortunately.

He's also (naturally) got a Cameo account, where he records personalised messages for fans. A custom vid will set you back a fair amount, though, with Ben charging up to £300 for a video message or - get this - £2.99 to DM him with no guarantee of a response.

Ben Robinson below deck cameo
A cameo from Ben will set you back £300. ©Cameo

How much is Ben Robinson worth?

He’s the highest earning Below Deck star and is said to be worth £1.8 million.

What’s the deal with Ben Robinson and Emily Warburton-Adams?

After being single for a very long time and throughout most of his time on Below Deck, Ben found love with stewardess Emily Warburton-Adams when he worked on series four.

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ben and emily together ©Instagram

Addressing their romance at the time, he said, “Emily’s got amazing energy. I enjoy her English company.”

The pair lived together for a year but called it quits due to their hectic schedules. They’re apparently still mates.

Does Ben Robinson have a girlfriend?

He’s since found love with Kiara Cabral, who is pretty mysterious.

Does Ben Robinson have Instagram?

He sure does, you can follow him and enter food heaven over at @benstogram

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Will Ben Robinson return to Below Deck?

Even though fans are desperate to see Ben back on Below Deck, he recently rubbished rumours that he was going back to the show, revealing on Instagram Live with Christine “Bugsy” Drake that he’s “a little too old for Below Deck”.

Ben also previously told People, “Ultimately, I’m approaching 40 now.

“I got into the industry when I was 22, I was a young buck. You can do anything when you’re 22. Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean carried me through into my mid-30s. I don’t know how Roger Federer does it, to be honest!”

He also tweeted that most yacht chefs only last for an average of five years due to the nature of the job, “Most Charter Chefs have a 5 year expectancy. I did it for 13. Head chef on the largest #yacht age 28. Crew and guest require 300 plates a day on #BelowDeckMediterranean#BelowDeck on your own… We look forward to your job application.”

Where did Ben Robinson learn to cook?

Ben Robinson Below Deck
He trained underneath celebrated celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal ©Getty

Ben credits his dear mum with teaching him the basics and igniting his love for all things culinary, previously telling Cape Cod Life publication, “I had an amazing relationship with my mother, and she taught me to cook. I knew all of my mother’s sauces—gravy, béchamel and vinaigrette—by the time I was five and a half.”

He went on to train underneath none other than Heston Blumenthal, at his three Michelin star restaurant, The Fat Duck, in Bray in the county of Berkshire.

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