Chef Ric Orlando appeared three times on the Food Network’s competition show “Chopped.” In the first episode, Ric made Rum Raisin Jerk Quail, Chipotle Chocolate Drizzled Rainbow Trout with Sweet ‘n Sour Cabbage and a Papaya – Cheese Tart … which won him $10,000!
Ric then beat 3 other previous winners in the Chopped Champions episode on Tuesday September 21. He created three more bold dishes, including Spice Rubbed Elk, with red wine chocolate sauce, parsley root mashers and fried caperberry-parsley salad and a “Choco Taco”— filled with espresso ganache, thai curried pears and cardamom crema. These earned him a spot in the Champions Finale, with $50,000 on the line.
In the Finale, it was down to the final four— the best of the Chopped Champions. The competition was tough and Ric made two great dishes before getting “chopped” after the second round. What an amazing performance. Rock on, Ric!!