Internationally acclaimed Chef Ron Duprat is best known as one of the top competitors on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef”. During that season’s competition in Las Vegas, Duprat, who grew up in Mare Rouge, Haiti, amazed judges with is exotic flavors, combining his rich Haitian heritage with French Asian influences.
Since his days on Top Chef, Chef Ron has been traveling the world sharing his culinary prowess in cooking demonstrations, working as a celebrity chef at numerous restaurants, resorts and companies. He’s currently a consultant for the international food company Rastelli Direct and working as a consulting executive chef at the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Educated at the College Aime Cesaire, La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Ron has used his cooking skills to also become actively involved in fighting child obesity and healthy kids eating. He’s affiliated with several major causes, including the First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, No Hungry Kids, the Black Culinarian Alliance, the College of Culinary Arts in Miami, Chef’s Table and Basil Magazine’s Chef Council.
Chef Ron is a Caribbean Black Elk Ambassador at Black Elk Wine and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him a “Culinary Ambassador”. Recently, the Huffington Post named him as one of the “10 Black Chefs That Are Changing the Food World as We Know It” and the Washington Post company’s TheRoot.com included him in a list of the “How 12 Black Chefs Cooked Their Way to the Top of the World” along with Marcus Samuelsson, G. Garvin, B. Smith and Tre Wilcox.
Chef Ron has come from humble roots. As a child who grew up in a very poor family, he never thought he would be a chef. He remembers watching – and smelling – his grandmother’s cooking. When he came to the United States, a friend hired him to work in his restaurant. After he worked for four hours, he earned his first $150. That set in motion his love of learning how to cook. He’s set out to become different from the rest, which he hopes, in time, will help kids eat healthier, help his home country of Hai-ti, and delight the taste buds of millions around the world.