2018 Talent

Richard Blais

Chef and TV Personality

Richard Blais, perhaps most recognizable as winner of Top Chef All Stars,  is known for his innovative take on classic American cuisine.  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 The Spence and FLIP Burger Boutique. In February 2013, Blais 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 “Cookbook: General Cooking” category. In 2014, Blais opened his first West Coast restaurant, Juniper & Ivy, in San Diego, where he offers a refined approach to American cuisine and showcases the seasonal and local ingredients of San Diego. Blais recently appeared as host of the brand new Food Network series, Hungry Games, where he explored the psychology and science behind food decisions through a series of hidden camera experiments and man-on-the-street taste tests. He also recently appeared as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 12.