Richard Blais

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Richard Blais
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Born (1972-02-19) February 19, 1972 (age 43)
Uniondale, New York, United States
Education The Culinary Institute of America
Website RichardBlais.net
Culinary career

Richard Blais (born February 19, 1972), perhaps most recognizable as winner of Top Chef All Stars, is known for his innovative take on classic American cuisine. He is an American chef, reality show contestant, restaurateur and James Beard-nominated author. He was the runner-up of the fourth season of the reality television show Top Chef and the winner of season eight, Top Chef: All-Stars[1] as well as a recurring judge on Top Chef Season 12 and host of the Food Network series, "Hungry Games."

Education and early career[edit]

Blais was born in Uniondale, New York. He received an AOS in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America and has studied under acclaimed chefs Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Ferran Adrià.

Career[edit]

A native New Yorker, Blais relocated to Atlanta in 2000 where he founded Trail Blais, a creative culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operates some of Atlanta’s most popular eateries including FLIP Burger Boutique which now has numerous locations in Atlanta, Nashville, and Alabama.

In February 2013, he released his debut cookbook, Try This at Home: Recipes From My Head to Your Plate, which reveals a simplified approach to adventurous cooking and offers new flavor combinations for home cooks to reinvent classic dishes. Try This at Home was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award 2014 in the category of Cookbook: General Cooking. Most recently, Blais opened Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, California, his first West Coast venture.

Top Chef [edit]

Richard Blais

Blais appeared as a contestant on the fourth season of Bravo's Top Chef.[2]

Blais went on to become the runner-up, losing to Stephanie Izard. In August 2009, he appeared on Bravo's spin off, Top Chef Masters, assisting eventual winner Rick Bayless. In 2010, he competed in Top Chef: All-Stars. He won the competition, earning the title of "Top Chef" by defeating Mike Isabella in the season finale, which aired on March 30, 2011. He appeared as a main judge on Top Chef Boston (season 12) in 2014-15.

Other television appearances[edit]

Blais has appeared several times on the show Iron Chef America, and several times as a sous chef for Iron Chef Cat Cora. He is a regular on the Food Network, with continuous appearances on "Guy's Grocery Games" as well as the host on Food Network's most recent addition, "Hungry Games."

Restaurants[edit]

Blais runs three restaurants:

  • Juniper & Ivy - An American restaurant that opened in San Diego in March 3, 2014.[4] At Juniper & Ivy, Blais offers refined, American cuisine with a "left coast edge."

Books[edit]

In July 2011, Blais signed a cookbook deal with Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House. The book, "Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate," was released on February 26, 2013 and received a James Beard Award nomination for the 2014 James Beard Awards.

Other accomplishments[edit]

In November 2011, Blais ran the ING New York City marathon for Alliance for a Healthier Generation. It was his first marathon, and he completed it in 4:31:54.[citation needed]He has since run two other New York City marathons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BravoTV.com. "Bravo TV Top Chef Bio". 
  2. ^ Bravotv.com. "Season 4 Bios: Richard Blais". Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Flip burger boutique". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Eater.com. "Inside Most Anticipated Juniper & Ivy, Plus a Menu Reveal". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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