Sunday, August 23, 2009
From banana boat to top chef
STEVE PENN COMMENTARY
Ron Duprat’s story is one of survival, opportunity and success.
Duprat reached America after a 27-day journey at sea aboard a banana boat — his way of escaping Haiti.
“We didn’t even know where we were going,” Duprat told me recently while in Tampa, Fla., for the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention. “It was a journey I will never forget.”
Now Duprat, the executive chef at the Hollywood Beach Marriott hotel, is a contestant on “Top Chef Las Vegas,” which began airing Wednesday (August 26 2009) on Bravo.
“As a kid growing up in Haiti, I would have never thought I’d be at top chef,” he said. “It’s a dream come true. I want people to watch the show. People will see something the world has never seen before. They will see food they’ve never heard about. They will see methods no one knows even exist.”
Duprat learned to cook from his grandmother in Haiti. His ambitions go high.
“My goal is to start a campaign someday that makes sure no kids go to bed hungry,” he said.
Check out his website: www.chefronduprat.com