Ric Orlando is a rock star, literally! In the kitchen and whenever he can get on his instrument, life is good. A two time Food Network Chopped Champion (TM), Restauranteur, and cookbook author.
We could not have been more thrilled for Ric to be our sponsor not just because he throws down in the kitchen, but he talks the talk and walks the walk. His philosophy on food is simple. It should be clean and damn good.
When Ric was approached about the event, he “got it” and was finishing our sentences. Here is Ric’s philosophy on the correlation between music and food:
“Some people are artists and some are performers. I’m lucky to be a little bit of both. In my brain music and cooking are very much alike. Developing dishes is like writing songs. No one makes up music out of the clear blue sky. You’re influenced by things that happen and other music you hear. I once wrote a song that was played on a college radio station and a buddy of mine said, “Doesn’t that sound a lot like Ruby Tuesday?” I never realized it!
In food development I eat at other places and read magazines. The development of the menu is like production, and the restaurant is like a gig — that’s where we make sure we’re tight and the harmonies are right and everything is coming together. And that’s where you get applause — for the service.”