Soul Food Priest

This is the podcast where culinary and Christianity collide. Each week Fr. Ben Bradshaw will serve up homilies, whip up Teaching Tapas, answer your burning questions, and pass along recipes.

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4 days ago

In this episode you'll learn the amazing story of Chef Marco Pierre White and how he practiced great virtue during a pivotal moment in his life. The discussion then leads to the four cardinal virtues and what it means to grow in virtue every day.

7 days ago

In this homily, Fr. Ben speaks on the beauty and the gift of those with special needs in our community. They truly are a gift from God! What can they teach? How do they witness to us? Listen to this homily to find out.
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Thursday Sep 21, 2023

Fr. Ben serves up a pre-meal drink, or aperitivo, and connects it to the importance of gathering with others. 
Google aperitivo and you will find some great recipes or go to this site for some Fall recipes: Fall-Friendly Aperol Spritz Riffs ( 
Let us know what you think by posting on the Soul Food Priest FB page! We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

This is a beautiful homily on the lessons the youth can teach adults as well as advice on how adults can support the youth. Fr. Ben also talks about the beautiful traditions the church has to remind all parents that the youth ultimately belong to God. Prayer for the youth as well as the faithful adults who seek to raise them in the Faith.

Q&A: Keeping Our Kids Faithful

Thursday Sep 14, 2023

Thursday Sep 14, 2023

The most frequently asked question Fr. Ben receives is: How do parents help to keep their kids in the Faith? They face major obstacles in their life. Fr. Ben has this discussion with Khira and Silvia and provides great words of wisdom.

Homily: Positive Thinking

Monday Sep 11, 2023

Monday Sep 11, 2023

This homily is all about getting out of your head and changing your way of thinking. Thinking positively also removes the weeds of discouragement that easily creep up in us. This can drastically affect those around you and how you treat them. Enjoy!

Thursday Sep 07, 2023

This small serving is filled with Fr. Ben's insight on success. Is it good? Where should our focus be?

Q&A: En Espanol

Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Relaciones disfuncionales

Thursday Aug 31, 2023

Fr. Ben and Silvia talk about the importance of acidity with regards to the balance of flavors. The conversation then goes to the importance of balancing relationships so that there isn't dysfunction. Great practical tips for healthy relationships are served up in this episode!

Thursday Aug 24, 2023

Fr. Ben serves up a small portion of great insight on the importance of technique. Knowing the basics is vital for growth, whether it be in one's cooking style or prayer life. 





Every other week Fr. Ben will be answering your burning questions regarding food and faith. He is joined by two of his friends and staff members, Silvia Vega and Khira Rotty, who will be the moderators for the upcoming Q & A episodes. If you have a question for Fr. Ben go to or the Soul Food Priest FB page at 


Fr. Ben Bradshaw S.T.L.

Originally baptized Lutheran, Fr. Ben became Catholic at a young age and attended Catholic schools in Memphis growing up.

He always loved to cook and always considered being a professional chef or a Catholic priest, and so he became both.

At age 17, he began working for a French chef in Memphis and worked in kitchens until age 20. He then entered Johnson & Wales University culinary arts program in Charleston, SC. There he earned an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts.

Fr. Ben then decided to travel to Russia where he lived and worked as a missionary with a religious community. It was there, in a small village, where he began to consider a calling to be a missionary priest. (Since then he has spent time visiting and working in Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, and Eastern and Western Europe.)

He returned home to Memphis and worked as a pastry chef for 5 years. This led him study in Paris, France at the L’Ecôle Lenôtre school of Pastry Arts, where he studied chocolate and pulled sugar artistry. He continued to consider more frequently the call to be a missionary priest.

After returning to the United States he attended The New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Management. After graduating from NECI, Fr. Ben began considering an option he had not yet considered: Diocesan Priesthood. After much prayerful discernment, he entered the seminary at the age of 27 and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Memphis in June of 2006.

Fr. Ben earned a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Divinity in Sacred Theology.  He wrote his Master's thesis on Pope Saint John Paul II's understanding of femininity and womanhood as it relates to writings of St. Edith Stein.  He also holds a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C. The focus on his dissertation was on the response of the Catholic Church to the issue of Same-Sex attraction. Since 2005, his continuing education studies have been at the Theology of the Body Institute in Philadelphia, P.A.

Fr. Ben is currently the pastor of St. Michael's parish in Memphis, TN.

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