loading...

18 November 2020 14:39

Ben Watkins

Gordon Ramsay has paid tribute to Ben Watkins, after his death aged 14. Ben had been undergoing treatment amid a battle with a rare form of cancer at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Gordon shared a snap of Ben in his MasterChef apron, writing: "We lost a Master of the @masterchefjunior kitchen today. Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss Gx." Gordon and Ben's MasterChef Junior co-stars had sent him a video message after hearing about his health battle, and helped raise donations on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for hospital bills. Ben's family have told that he was one of six people in the world diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma.

The Chicago Tribune was told by police that Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins died in a domestic violence incident ruled as a murder-suicide. "He opened Big Ben's Bodacious BBQ and Delicatessen in the Miller Community of Gary, Indiana with his late parents, Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins. MasterChef Junior contestant Ben Watkins has died, aged 14. Watkins, who appeared in season six of the US competition, died Monday (16 November) after a year-and-a-half long cancer battle. The news was announced by his grandmother and uncle via their attorney, Trent McCain, who wrote: "After losing both his parents in September 2017, we have marvelled at Ben's strength, courage and love for life." Watkins, whose parents died in a murder-suicide three years ago, was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma earlier this year.

He appeared on MasterChef Junior when he was 11 years old, and was known for his daring dishes that won praise from British chef Gordon Ramsay. Ramsay paid tribute to Watkins on Twitter, writing: "Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Ben Watkins impressed Gordon Ramsay on 'MasterChef Junior' (Fox Entertainment Group) "Sending all the love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss Gx." Fox, the network that airs the series in the US, wrote: "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family. Ben Watkins, a participant in MasterChef Junior in 2018, passed away due to cancer on Monday. Fox shared a statement that read, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family.

MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay took to Instagram to offer his condolences to Ben's family. Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss." Researchers at the University of South Australia who studied a sample of 8,545 Chinese adults have concluded that eating just one egg a day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 per cent. Only last year, experts at the University of Finland suggested that eating one egg a day was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association, moreover, recommends egg consumption for those who already have diabetes.

Dr Li acknowledged that the association between eggs and diabetes was "often debated" but explained that this latest study had aimed to assess people's long-term consumption of eggs and their risk of developing diabetes, as determined by fasting blood glucose. Much of the fear around egg consumption in the past has centred on their high cholesterol content. High cholesterol levels in our blood increase our risk of heart disease, but it does not necessarily follow that eggs therefore increase our risk of heart disease. Last year, the British Heart Foundation offered a measured reaction to a US study published in JAMA that linked high levels of dietary cholesterol, such as that found in eggs, to an elevated risk of heart and circulatory disease and even death. The British Egg Industry Council said at the time the risk of being infected with salmonella was less than 200 million to one.--Ben Watkins, an orphaned teen who competed on "MasterChef Junior," has died following a battle with a rare form of cancer, his uncle said.

He was 14-years-old.Watkins' uncle said he died at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, where he was being treated. His family is grieving their tremendous loss.Watkins was only 11-year-old when he won over fans competing on the sixth season of "MasterChef Junior.""MasterChef Junior" host Gordon Ramsey tweeted his condolences, writing in part, "Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Sending all the love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss.""After losing both of his parents in September 2017, we have marveled at Ben's strength, courage and love for life," a statement on the GoFundMe page for Watkins said. When Ben's rare illness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of love he received from every corner of the globe--especially here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana."He was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma and spent a year and a half battling the rare cancer.He was an aspiring chef and engineer.