Bio: Ric Orlando has been called the Pioneer of Hudson Valley Farm to Table cooking. His tireless work in promoting the farms, products, people, and beauty of the Upstate NY region combined with his quirky sense of humor and rock and roll pedigree has made him one of the leading culinary spokespeople and best foodie draws for events, fundraisers and festivals Ric’s Potato Latkes beat Bobby on the Food Network’s and he also won on the show Chopped twice. In the 2013 World Food Championships, Next Top Product Category, his Eggplant “Meatballs” won the top prize for the Northeast region. He also has appeared over a dozen times on the NBC TODAY show, PBS’s Simply Ming, NPR, Discovery, MTV, Sirius Radio, as well as many other regional media appearances. Ric produced, wrote and starred in the 13- episode regional Public Television series Ric Orlando's TV Kitchen. Ric currently curates and cooks in the New World Bistro Bar kitchen. He has won The Albany Times Union Reader’s Poll Best Chef 5 years in a row from 2015-2019. He also hosts a popular podcast “One Million Stringbeans” and contributes to many regional and national food blogs. Visit for public appearance dates, videos, recipes, food tour info and more
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