Who is Ben Ford, Harrison Ford’s Eldest Son?

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Celebrity Chef and entrepreneur, Ben Ford is the eldest son of the Star Wars star, Harrison Ford and Mary Marquardt.

Eldest Son of Harrison Ford

Ben Ford was born on September 22, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, to the Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford and his first wife, Mary Marquardt. His dad was 25 during his birth.

Benjamin joined the University of Southern California in August 1985 and graduated three years later in June 1988 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government. For two years, from 1988 to 1990, he joined the California Culinary Academy, from where he started his cooking journey.

Chef and Entrepreneur

Benjamin Ford started his entrepreneurial journey in 1998 after establishing his restaurant, Chadwick’s, named after the late organic gardening guru, Alan Chadwick. The restaurant at Beverly Hills which served local high-end California-Mediterranean menu was closed in 2004.

Before opening his restaurant, he worked as a Sous Chef for Eberhard Mueller’s Opus in Santa Monica. He also worked at Campanile and Eclipse before founding Chadwick’s. Meanwhile, his culinary journey began at Chez Panisse.

In September 2020, he created the California Southland Doorstep Market, an e-commerce website for local artisans. The website sold food and beverages alongside clothing and jewelry. The business closed down one and a half years later.

The 57-year-old is also the owner and chef at Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, Los Angeles, California. He also has its branch in the Delta terminal at LAX.

As a chef, Ben has made his appearances on several TV shows including Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and Supper Club with Tom Bergeron.

Other Works

Apart from his work as a chef and entrepreneur, Ben Ford has also worked as a consultant for various organizations. His first consultant work was with JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 2017, he developed concepts and menus for the opening of five full-service restaurants in five different states for Barnes & Noble, Inc. He has also worked as a consultant for Bull & Butterfly and The Electric Jane.

In addition to being a consultant, chef, and entrepreneur, Ben Ford has also worked as an actor. He has two appearances to date. His first appearance was in Lions Love (1969) while his second was in 2007 in Days of Our Lives.

Author of Taming the Feast

Ben Ford is also an author. He is the writer of the cookbook Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking alongside Carolynn Carreno. Simon and Schuster published the book on May 6, 2014.

Relationship with Emily Ford

Chef Ben Ford and his wife, Emily Austin Ford walked down the aisle on September 19, 2009. The duo has a son, Waylon Ford. They are also parent to Ethan Ford, 23, but we are unsure about Emily being the biological mother.

Ben and Emily are already separated. They divorced after 14 years of marriage. Emily had filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.”

The latter had spoken about their decision to separate through an Instagram post in September 2022.

Today, on our anniversary, I want to celebrate the evolution of our love. We moved thorugh the dissolution process carefully and without frivolity or malintent, tracking this choice to follow our north stars as something important. This decision to follow our own paths was a strong and courageous choice and a source of mutual connection and strength.

It’s a reminder that we always have a choice in every moment – we choose to love one another – and all that remains is the light of understanding and grace. I will always love, respect, and support you and our children on this journey of a million miles. Here’s to the next best chapter of our love.

Has Four Siblings

Benjamin Ford has four siblings; one sister and three brothers. His younger brother, Willard Ford, is his biological sibling since he was born from his father’s marriage to Mary.

Malcolm and Georgia Ford are from his dad, Harrison’s marriage with Melissa Mathison. Similarly, his youngest sibling, Liam Flockhart Ford, was adopted by his father after marrying his current wife, Calista Flockhart.

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