Benjamin SargentHOOK, LINE and DINNER
Benjamin F. W. Sargent is an American chef, restaurateur, television personality and artist based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sargent is the host of the Cooking Channel series HOOK, LINE, AND DINNER and has appeared on television programs Throw Down with Bobby Flay, Martha and Jeffery Saad’s Only in America. Sargent has been a contestant on Chopped and a judge on Iron Chef America. Sargent also hosted Art Race a twelve-part series airing on the Sky Arts Channel in the UK.
In 2001, Sargent opened Hurricane Hopeful, a seafood restaurant specializing in his famous chowders and lobster rolls. He designed and operated another restaurant just two years later called Surf Bar, also with his surf inspired menu. In 2010 Sargent opened the Underground Lobster Pound and earned himself the nickname of “Doktor Klaw” or the “Lobster Pusha Man”. Sargent’s pop-up, or underground establishment, earned him a prominent place in the NY underground food movement: the growing movement where chefs came together to sell their own food without proper permitting or licenses from the city. “Doktor Klaw” became a household name associated with Ben’s “Lobster Dealing” character who would supply you with an illicit lobster roll hand off in the streets of Brooklyn. Sargent was featured in New York Magazine, The Post, The Daily News, Edible Brooklyn, News 11, News 12 and many other media outlets.
In 2009 Ben founded the Brooklyn Fishing Derby: a competitive fishing derby in Brooklyn NY that runs every October for a month and a half. The Brooklyn Fishing Derby has become one of the most highly attended and media covered fishing events in the state of NY. Sargent is also the host of a radio show on Heritage Radio Network called Catch IT, Cook IT, & Eat IT.