Ric Orlando is a man with a colorful past. He’s 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 film maker, a music video producer and performer, and now an accomplished chef, author and restauranteur. He is the owner and creative force behind Woodstock NY’s beloved New World Home Cooking Cafe and the chef/consultant of New World Bistro Bar in Albany, NY. He also hit nation-wide this summer on the Food Network’s popular show CHOPPED where he won the first time , and was invited to participate in the unprecedented 50k championship. He won the playoff round, and was finally chopped at the 50K finale, like Ned Kelly in the Iron Suit, by overcooking his Wild Boar. Ric has worked at the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Wild Goose and the European in Boston, Sugar Reef in Manhattan and the kitchens of Bob Kinkead, Jake Jabobus and Emmett Fox. He has written, guitared and sung for New Haven’s Hot Bodies (1978-80), TV Neats (1980-81)and Boston’s Psychedelic Funksters (1982-88) SKIN.