Blaine has been a rising star in the culinary world since he first gained notice at the age of 19 for becoming one of the youngest graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Following his graduation, he spent two years under the tutelage of James Beard award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit Restaurant in New York City. In 1998, he joined San Francisco based Aqua and Pisces Restaurant under acclaimed Chef Michael Mina, and in 2003 returned to his hometown of Dallas as the Sous Chef at Lola—The Restaurant. Staniford then moved on to Fuse, gaining him national recognition for his inventive Tex-Asian menu. In October of 2008 Blaine became Executive Chef of the new restaurant in downtown Fort Worth, Grace. Grace may be Staniford’s best work yet: hearty and filling American standards. During his career, he has been named Young Gun by D Magazine, received Four Stars for Food from the Dallas Morning News, and appeared on Good Morning Texas. In addition, the Dallas Morning News named him Rising Star Chef in 2001. In 2012, Blaine earned the title of “Top Chef, Fort Worth” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine. Most recently, Blaine appeared as a contestant on Food Network’s Kitchen Inferno. Over the past six years, Blaine has continued to introduce Fort Worth diners to innovative and inspiring dishes through seasonal menu changes and monthly wine dinners highlighting Grace’s passion for fresh and local ingredients.