Ben Eisendrath is the president of Grillworks Inc., maker of Grillery wood-fired grills. Early Grillworks grills were used by James Beard himself, and today their designs are the favored grilling platform for many other live-fire chefs.
It was a world-cuisine education begun
early. After a childhood that began in London, moved to France, then grill-Mecca
Argentina, Ben and his family were finally deposited by his journalist and
grillmaster father in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Ben studied Environmental Sciences,
Literature, and Psychology for his BA at the University of VermontÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½where
environmentalism joined live-fire passion to form his philosophy of ecological
and food-chain participation. Also a technophile from birth, out of college Ben
was swept up by the digital wave and ultimately found himself living in
Washington, D.C., directing product design at AOL headquarters. But his
well-worn, Dad-built Grillery always waited at home, and after his 10-year AOL
tour she finally won his full attention. Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½After all,Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ Ben says, Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½you can touch
With the company fully reborn, today
Ben designs Grillworks grills to be tactile, visually striking tools for
amateurs and pros alike. They're now found in restaurants, kitchens and
backyards all over the worldÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½and since Ben believes grilling to be a
seminal morale-builder, also at the forward operating bases of U.S. troops
deployed abroad. The little grill Dad built, called
"Magnificent" by James Beard himself, is thriving once again.
Ben writes and speaks about artisanal
grilling and travels extensively to ensure his designs best harness the world's
open fire techniques. He calls Washington home but still builds his
grills near the family farm in northern Michigan.