Ronald Phelps II " The Punk Rock Chef "

I found a love for cooking at an early age.  I got inspired by watching cooking shows on PBS with my Dad and then watching my Mom cook Vietnamese dishes. My favorite style of food to cook is Asian style. My Mom is from Saigon and I am used to that style of food. I love heat!  Ron favorite chefs are Michael Voltaggio, Jet Tila and Ming Tsai. My first job in cooking was at a deli at the Shaftsbury Country Store. I made salads, sandwiches and fried chicken.  I moved on to cooking at the hospital and college in Bennington.

Ronald grew up in Shaftsbury, Vermont right out side of Bennington.  He graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 1996.  Ron is an accomplished photographer with a Commercial, Band, Family, Pet and Food Photography background.

Ron’s favorite photographers are Robert Frank, Mick Rock and Pennie Smith.

Cooking Tips:

Always make your own chicken stock.  Take some chicken wings, Chard onions, carrots, celery stalks, peppercorns, fresh leaf parsley and garlic. Add everything to a pot with cold water.  Bring it to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer skim service cook for 3 hours until it reduces about one third.  Strain through cheesecloth. 

Photo Tips:  

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.

Hold your camera properly. 

Buy the equipment that is right for you.


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