Producer/Director/Editor - Ryan Schoonmaker
Photography - Chris Rahm
Ric Orlando brings an inspired blend of lust for life, outspoken passion for the flavors and ingredients of the world community, and nationally renowned cooking prowess to his roles as chef, lecturer, author, and media source.
Ric has been preparing and promoting both global and local food for over 20 years.
His recipes and commentary are consistently in demand by the regional media. His tireless work in promoting the products, people, and beauty of the region has made him one of the Hudson Valley’s leading culinary spokespeople.
Ric is a hands on chef--he not only oversees and inspires but still cooks shoulder to shoulder with over 16 cooks in the kitchens of two restaurants. New World Home Cooking Co. which he owns, is a Hudson Valley community icon with 19 years in continuous operation. New World Bistro Bar, the Albany Global Bistro he designed and manages, is a consistently local BEST OF winner. Ric’s restaurants have won numerous accolades including Metroland 's 25 year anniversary #2 Most Beloved Restaurant, Restaurant most worth taking a drive to, Best American, Best International, Top 3 Vegetarian. The Albany Times Union gave New World Bistro Bar Top Vegetarian and the NY Beef Council awarded Ric’s Northeast Family Farm Burger Deluxe the award for Best Burger in the Capital Region for 2011.
Ric has appeared on the national stage most recently in 2010 on the Food Network’s runaway hit CHOPPED three times, winning in his first appearance “Wok This Way”. Judge Mark Murphy declared that Ric’s Rum-Raisin Jerk Quail was the “Best thing I have eaten on Chopped!” He was then selected to appear in the very first Chopped Champions where he also won in the playoff round, wowing the judges in the dessert round with his humorously innovative concoction- Ziggy Taco and the Pear Filling from Mars. Ric was finally taken down in the Entrée round of the Grand Finale.