Junior MasterChef Australia’s Ben Bolton Inspired By Grandmother To Audition

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One of his dishes has already been described by judge Melissa Leong in a promo as a “magical masterpiece”.

And there are more impressive meals to follow when Ben Bolton makes his reality TV debut on ‘Junior MasterChef Australia’ later this month.

The 10-year-old from Victoria said his grandmother encouraged him to audition for the cooking show.

“My gran’s actually a food tech teacher, so she really taught me to cook in the first place,” he told the Bendigo Advertiser

'Junior MasterChef Australia' contestant Ben Bolton

While one of his first dishes he ever cooked as a “five or six-year-old” was a “plate of sausage rolls made into a circle with pineapples and sesame seeds”, he said his palate has since evolved and he’s experimented with different cuisines.

Steamed bao buns with pork and pickled vegetables are now his favourite to cook.

“The first time I ate them was in Albury and I’ve been developing my recipe ever since I ate them,” he said. “My recipe definitely has changed a lot.”

The cast of 'Junior MasterChef Australia'


The Channel 10 reality show focusing on younger contestants will premiere on Sunday October 11 at 7:30pm, with judges Jock ZonfrilloMelissa Leong and Andy Allen returning as judges. 

This year 14 contestants aged 9-14 will compete in the kitchen.

Ben, Carter, Dev, Etka, Filo, Georgia, Laura, Phenix, Porsha, Ruby, Ryan, Salvo, Tiffany and Vienna beat almost 2,000 aspiring young cooks who auditioned.

On Friday judge Melissa said she “can’t wait” for viewers to “meet” the “most inspiring mini MasterChefs”.

“What’s that? @jrmasterchefau has officially announced its launch date? And there’s a cockatoo on my head?” she wrote on Instagram next to a photo of herself wearing a bright yellow headpiece. 

“Why yes! See you back on screen OCTOBER 11 @channel10au with a host of the most inspiring mini MasterChefs! I can’t wait for you to meet them.” 

‘Junior MasterChef Australia’ premieres on Sunday October 11 at 7:30pm on Channel 10.

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Former Neighbours Star Olympia Valance Gets Engaged To Thomas Bellchambers

Australian actress Olympia Valance has announced her engagement to former professional Australian rules footballer Thomas Bellchambers.

The 27-year-old, well known for portraying Paige Smith on popular soap ‘Neighbours’ shared the exciting news with her fans in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“Today is a special day. The man of my dreams proposed to me. I get to marry my best friend 🥰 @thomas_bellchambers,” she wrote on the social media platform.

Attached was a photo of Olympia showing off her sparkling engagement ring while she kissed her fiancé on Queensland’s Orpheus Island.

Olympia Valance attends the 2019 G'Day USA Gala at 3LABS on January 26, 2019 in Culver City, California.

Thomas shared the same photo on his Instagram account and wrote, “Couldn’t be happier…stuck with me now. 💍❤️”

Olympia and Thomas, 31, have been dating since April 2019. 

The couple first sparked engagement rumours in December last year, and then in February this year they revealed they bought a property together in rural Victoria.

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Couldn’t be happier…stuck with me now. 💍❤️

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Proud Boys: Far-Right Violent Street Gang Backing Donald Trump

Who Are The Proud Boys? Members of the far-right pro-Trump gang Proud Boys attend a rally in Portland, Orgon. 

The Proud Boys are a violent, nationalist street gang that formed in 2016 amid now-President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Though the group was always known for plotting and carrying out attacks on protesters at political rallies, it gained new notoriety after Trump acknowledged them during a presidential debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday.


Initially the Proud Boys were a small group of self-described “Western chauvinists” under Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes, and made a name for themselves in right-wing circles by fighting with leftist protesters at pro-Trump rallies in and around cities like Portland, Oregon, and New York City. After Trump’s election, their numbers grew, as did their reputation for violence. 

By 2017, it was a full-blown gang, complete with a uniform — a black and yellow Fred Perry polo that the company recently discontinued in North America due to the group’s adoption of it — and a ranking system whose rules included forgoing masturbation and beating up leftists and anti-fascists. McInnis himself (who hadn’t worked at Vice since 2008) was a rising reactionary talk show host on YouTube, spewing his racist and misogynist ideology to millions of viewers, and regularly inciting violence among his gang members. “Fighting solves everything,” he has said.

Far-right group

But while McInnis has remained insulated from the consequences of his speeches, his Proud Boys continue to get exposed and arrested for assaults, threats and other crimes and gaffes.

Ten Proud Boys were arrested and charged after beating protesters in the street following a GOP event in Manhattan in late 2018. Two of them were sentenced to four years in jail, and the incident led McInnis to step down as their leader (though evidence suggests he’s still involved). Their former lawyer, Jason Lee Van Dyke, was investigated as part of an assassination plot against a man he was involved in a legal battle with, had previously been arrested on domestic violence and weapons charges, and has repeatedly threatened to kill his and the Proud Boys’ opponents online. Their leadership was caught on video admitting that they exist solely to fight and waste government resources. More recently, Proud Boy Alan Swinney was arrested on weapons and assault charges in Portland after he was seen in photos and videos pepper-spraying, paintballing and pointing a gun at protesters. He was previously known for helping the group plot attacks at events on the East Coast.

The number of active Proud Boys remains unclear, though their influence and ability to rally their own seemed to wane after the 2018 arrests. For example, the group expected “thousands” to attend a rally they held in Portland last weekend, but only hundreds showed up for an event that was ultimately described by reporters as a dud.

But the group gained new notoriety during the debate this week when Trump, asked to disavow white supremacy and militia groups, told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” While it’s not quite clear what Trump meant by “stand by” in that context, it certainly resonated for the Proud Boys, who interpreted the statement as marching orders. 

“This makes me so happy,” said Proud Boy Joe Biggs on a group messaging channel, according to New York Times correspondent Mike Baker. “Trump basically said to go fuck them up!”

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