Biography Benjamin Donath
Ben is a pastry chef, amateur photographer, and enthusiastic food blogger. Every week he publishes recipes on his blog, EateryBerlin.com. Along with the photos, the recipes entice his followers to try to replicate the dishes or simply spark their creativity. Ben works at a five-star hotel in Berlin, where every day he endeavors to inspire his guests anew. The success of the recipes in this cookbook can be attributed to Ben’s background. His passion for food has become his profession. The desserts with their special flavors and varied textures carry his unmistakable touch. Born in Potsdam, Ben devotes himself to savory and sweet dishes in equal measure. His work in different kitchens and countries has truly expanded his horizons. For Ben, cooking is more than just a calling: In the kitchen, he is able to express his creativity, delight his guests, or simply leave the cares of everyday life behind. Ben always approaches ingredients with respect and dedication while taking care to enhance and not to lose their original character. His philosophy is to devote as much love and attention to the preparation of a simple dish as to a sophisticated multicourse meal. He loves the immediate feedback of watching the gestures and facial expressions of his guests from the moment they take their first bite. The highest possible praise for Ben are those small moments when a guest’s eyes catch sight of a dish for the first time and sparkle with excitement, when a guest’s nose captures the first delicate hint of the spices, and when a guest guides the spoon to their mouth for the very first bite. It is this precise moment in which everyone recognizes whether a meal is delicious—no words are needed.