Bedford MasterChef to ride from Perth to Scotland for Beyondblue

Paddock + Farm head chef Benjamin Bullock. Picture: Kristie Lim
Tyron Haddock and Benjamin Bullock.
Benjamin Bullock, Hunter Motorcycles' Ben Namnik and MasterChef judge Matt Preston.
Paddock + Farm head chef Benjamin Bullock. Picture: Kristie Lim Tyron Haddock and Benjamin Bullock. Benjamin Bullock, Hunter Motorcycles' Ben Namnik and MasterChef judge Matt Preston.

BEDFORD resident and eliminated MasterChef contestant Benjamin Bullock will be riding from Perth to Perth in Scotland and hopes to bring back his food adventures to his kitchen.

He postponed his solo motorbike ride, which aims to raise awareness of depression and boost funds for the charity Beyondblue, until September.

Since his MasterChef stint, he has been juggling between being the head chef at Paddock and Farm in Bedford and a solicitor at Philipoff Legal.

Bullock joined the butcher and bistro in May and has formed a menu based on traditional French cooking techniques and Modern Australian cuisine.

Bullock had the opportunity to cook for MasterChef judge Matt Preston today, who visited him on his last day of his Perth trip.

Bullock said it was his dream to run a butcher and bistro.

“The venue has been set up as a European style butcher so we have got a lot of German and Anglo-Saxon, which lends itself to traditional French cooking,” he said.

“Working as a one-man kitchen is very tough, everything I have learnt from MasterChef I have brought into the kitchen.

“In terms of organisation, that was the biggest thing.

“Going into the competition, we are all very good cooks but learning how to take that to the next level and apply it in a commercial setting, that has not been easy.”

Bullock said he wanted to “conquer the impossible” on the nine-month long, 30,000km motorbike ride.

“I am going to go on this food journey across the world, learn everything I can along the way and cook in as many restaurants as possible and then hopefully bring that back to Perth and Paddock and Farm,” he said.

“I was going through some pretty dark days, I was getting sick of the ordinary nine-to-five job and that was really starting to have an effect.

“I sort of started taking it out on drugs and alcohol and decided I needed to do something different and break out of that to follow your dreams.

“Depression spurns from not following your dreams and this is to show everyone that you can go out there and do it.”

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