Chef Ben Vaughn to Host "Health Inspectors" On Food Network

Chef Ben Vaughn pictured at his former restaurant Au Fond Farmtable in Cooper-Young.

Justin Fox Burks

Chef Ben Vaughn of former Cooper-Young restaurants Grace and Au Fond Farmtable has a new gig on the Food Network. Vaughn is the host of the network's upcoming series called “Health Inspectors” premiering October 26. Here's how the press release explains Vaughn's new show:


Restaurant consultant Ben Vaughn lends his expertise to restaurants across the country in desperate need of a health upgrade in the new series Health Inspectors, premiering Friday, October 26, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Ben uses his years of experience in the restaurant industry to assess kitchens from top to bottom, leaving no stone, or stove, unturned.


From high-end restaurants to small cafés, Ben holds the owners and staff accountable for the messes they’ve made and shows them what they need to do to pass inspection and stay in business.”


Wow. That's what I call a career change. In the first episode, Vaughn tackles “Rats in the Cellar” at Salud in Chicago, then moves on in subsequent shows to “Slugs in the Walk-in” at Harley's in Oklahoma and “Recipe for Disaster” at O'Donnell's in Louisiana.


Vaughn is now living in Atlanta where he is the culinary director and executive chef for Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group and White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, according to the press release. I'll be speaking with Vaughn next week, so check back for more details on his trajectory from restaurant owner to media star.

Reader Comments:
Nov 4, 2012 04:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I'd like to suggest a show on the Marietta Diner in Georgia.

Nov 6, 2012 11:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

How can he criticize others when none of his restaurants worked in Memphis? I'm assuming like his ventures this too will fail

Nov 6, 2012 01:03 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This just goes to show you kids, being a terrible human being can pay off!

Nov 8, 2012 02:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

How funny considering he has served disgusting, ammonia smelling meat right out of his own kitchen :)

Nov 18, 2012 01:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hope he travels to Detroit. Checker Bar and Grill in Cadillac Square have to pay off their health inspector on a constant!

Dec 3, 2012 05:09 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Have heard that Ben Vaughn is moving back to Memphis from Atlanta!So.... Wonder what he did now?! I know him and his wife and this is really the last place he needs to come back to, and the best for her only if she and thier two little girls would leave him and count on her family that is here for here. Very very bad situation.

Apr 12, 2013 11:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow, this guy has failed miserably at every restraunt he has opened and now he is going to tell people how to succeed at it. He is a drunk and a terrible person. I got to his wife's families church and as good of people they are she and their kids deserve better than supporting his failures and being blamed time and time again for his short Cummings. This guy is a joke. Maybe he should try getting a job at Outback :)

Feb 12, 2014 12:33 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

So, a guy that has been nothing but a failure is going to criticize others??
What a joke

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