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
Culinary career

Richard Blais (born February 19, 1972) is an American chef, reality show contestant, restaurateur and James Beard-nominated author. He is perhaps most recognizable for his involvement in the reality cooking show Top Chef, and is known for his innovative take on classic American cuisine. He is the host of the Food Network series, Hungry Games.

Blais was the runner-up for the fourth season of Top Chef and returned several seasons later to win Top Chef: All-Stars[1] and has been a recurring judge in season 12 (Boston) and Season 13 (California).

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.


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 a judge. Blais has also hosted shows on Food Network, first "Hungry Games" and then "Halloween Baking Championship." Blais appeared on the 2nd Cutthroat Kitchen Superstar Sabotage tournament on November 4, winning his preliminary match and advancing to the finals.


Blais runs four 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."
  • The Crack Shack - Blais partnered with chef Jon Sloan on this second San Diego-based restaurant, which opened in late 2015. The restaurant, "serves breakfast, lunch and dinner via an all-day menu that revolves around chicken and eggs, from fried to grilled and everything in-between."[5]


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.


  1. ^ "Bravo TV Top Chef Bio". 
  2. ^ "Season 4 Bios: Richard Blais". Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Flip burger boutique". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Inside Most Anticipated Juniper & Ivy, Plus a Menu Reveal". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Richard Blais Jumps into Chicken (and Egg) Game With Crack Shack". Eater San Diego. Retrieved 2016-02-02. 

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