In the Easy Chair with Ryan Beaudoin

In the Easy Chair with Ryan Beaudoin



AGE: 32.

OCCUPATION: Food forager and director of culinary education at the Ocean House. 

RESIDENCE: Warwick.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Born in Stoughton, Mass., grew up in Raynham, Mass.

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Providing some great cooking classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, creating new programs for adults and children, and developing new relationships with local farmers and fishermen.

MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Graduating from the culinary school Johnson & Wales University.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a great friend and member of my family.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Visit all the Major League Baseball parks.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My pocketknife and a black Sharpie marker.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An architect.  So, now I’m an architect of food in a fun way.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: My father, Richard Beaudoin.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHTSTAND: “The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America,” by Michael Ruhlman.

I AM LISTENING TO: “Salt: A World History,” by Mark Kurlansky.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “Shawshank Redemption.”

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: “Coco.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “Bob’s Burgers.”

FAVORITE SONG: “Baba O’Riley,” by The Who.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: American barbecue!

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.

PET PEEVE: People without consideration of others.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future,” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: New England celebrates all four seasons!

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Music.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m afraid of heights. It’s good that I spend most of my time in kitchens and on farms.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Don’t make decisions when you’re upset or frustrated.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE:  Try.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Outlaw plastic bags and bottles.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO: Would be to take my parents and my brothers and their families on a vacation trip together.

I DRIVE A: Green 1998 Toyota Rav4.

I WISH I DROVE A: VW Touareg.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Craft beer.

IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: My Grandpa Beaudoin, John F. Kennedy and Martha Stewart.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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