Ric Orlando

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Gender MALE
Occupation Restaurateur
Location Hudson Valley, NY, United States
Introduction Let's just say I am a man with a colorful past. I've been a punk-art-powerpop-funk musician in New Haven and Boston back when it was fresh, a model, a published poet, a super 8 filmmaker, a music video producer and performer, and now an accomplished chef, author and restaurateur. I am the creative force behind Woodstock NY's beloved New World Home Cooking Cafe which I co-own with my wife Liz, and am the chef/consultant of New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY and co-owner of New World Catering. I hit national circuit on the Food Network's popular CHOPPED, winning on my first episode, and in my playoff episode, leading up to the unprecedented $50K championship. I was finally chopped during the 50K finale, like Ned Kelly in the Iron Suit, by overcooking my damned Wild Boar. I've worked at the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts; The Wild Goose and the European in Boston; Sugar Reef in Manhattan; and cooked in the kitchens of Bob Kinkead, Jake Jacobus and Emmett Fox. I have written, guitared and sang for New Haven's Hot Bodies (1978-80) and TV Neats (1980-81), and Boston's psychedelic funksters (1982-88) SKIN.
Interests food, people, mycology, fishing, underground music, redsox, j-e-t-s, knicks, 20th century poetry, black humor writers, wine, spirits, old guitars, film noir, vintage clothes, roadtrips
Favorite Movies Out of the Past, To Have and Have Not, murder my sweet, the thin man, brazil, Salvador, road warrior, Frankenstein, giant, a place in the sun, mean streets, godfather 1&2, Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Favorite Music Classic underground, nuggets, original punk, art, 70s funk, vintage rockabilly, 60s soul, blues, classic country, early 70s metal, bebop, predigital experimental
Favorite Books Journey to the End of the Night, Valis, any Balzac, Doestoyevsky, Bukowski, Lafcadios Adventures ...