American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef
Owner of “Chef Ray Presents”
World-renowned culinary artist, Chef Ray Duey is nothing short of amazing when it comes to food sculpting. Working his magic on fruits and vegetables, he travels around the country, teaching the culinary art of fruit and vegetable carvings and leaving spectators and culinary professionals spellbound. His ability for putting the wow factor in food, has earned him outstanding reviews, pleasing audiences far and wide.
To call him an artist is an understatement at best, for Chef Ray does things to food that is unsurpassed in beauty, skill and finesse. In fact, Chef Ray is known for taking any fruit or vegetable, and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. Having spent the last two decades developing his skill and creating spectacular carvings for weddings, events, classes and seminars, he literally mesmerizes onlookers with his creative sculpting. Adding to his unique gift for carving is his matchless ability for teaching, which moves, inspires and excites all those who attend his culinary sculpting classes. According to Chef Ray, there is simply no fruit or vegetable that cannot be carved into something dramatic and thus far he has demonstrated that any type of produce can be carved into arrangements or centerpieces that literally astonish.
Since 2004, he has owned his own company called “Chef Ray Presents” where he now spends his time teaching the specialized art form to a wide variety of professionals, helping his students release the artist within. To quote Chef Ray: “In order to be successful, you have to do something that wows customers and causes people to stop in their tracks and say, Whoa! It’s important to find inspiration, so I seek out ideas and motivation from everything I see. When I go to the botanical gardens, it’s more inspiring than any concert or show, as I fully appreciate the colors and textures, which makes me want to duplicate the magnificence of nature in my food creations.”
Adding to his passion for fruit and vegetable carvings, Chef Ray has conducted Garde Manger demonstrations and classes throughout North America. His students continue to win awards in competitions around the world which brings him a special satisfaction. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and medals in national and international competitions.
Chef Ray is a member of the American Culinary Federation. With a lifelong mission to share his passion for food sculpting, he continues to explore the endless possibilities of artistry in all culinary mediums and uses his artistry to teach, write books and create instructional DVDs.