Ben Sargent, host of Cooking Channel’s Hook, Line and Dinner, is a seafood lover, chef, restaurateur and artist. In his show, Ben takes viewers on a coastal road trip uncovering the secrets and stories of expert fisherman, sharing their seafood specialties and highlighting the awe-inspiring journey from sea to table.

Growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ben’s seafood obsession was evident from an early age. Shrimp was his preferred breakfast for a solid year and in preschool, he was cited for eating live minnows on a class trip. Throughout his childhood, he spent weekends in New England where he enjoyed fishing, crabbing, learning about sea life and developing his love for seafood and surfing.

In 2000, Ben graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science in fine arts and sculpture. He worked for several realist artists, which eventually led him to Brooklyn where he worked various restaurant jobs to pay the bills. In 2001, Ben opened Hurricane Hopeful, which featured his famous chowders and lobster rolls. His website,, led to an online cooking series and a chronicle of his culinary adventures.

In 2007, he took the Culinary Entrepreneurship program at the International Culinary Center to deepen his business knowledge.
Ben currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he fishes for striped bass along the East River. When not in New York or on the road, Ben spends time in Londonderry, VT, working on his family farm, freshwater fishing and riding his old motorcycle.

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