People are talking about former Top Chef competitor Richard Blais with the announcement of his newest concept: hot dogs. Next week, even more people will be talking about him.
On December 1st, Bravo TV releases the premiere episode of Top Chef All-Stars. Our own local Top Chef hero Richard Blais joins 17 other former chef’testants in New York city to compete for the biggest prize in Top Chef history: $200,000.
All narrowly missing out on the title, these culinary hopefuls will have stiff competition and will face an even tougher judging panel. This season, chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain joins Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi at the judging table.
Having won more challenges than any of the other All-Stars, Richard Blais is singled out as a serious contender from the start. In considering his strategy for his second run at the title, Blais says, “My new train of thought coming back into the game this time is to push up until the end.” In Season 4, Blais narrowly missed snagging the elusive title when he admittedly “choked” on the final challenge.
Blais is known for using gadgets and techniques of molecular gastronomy in the kitchen. True to form, the liquid nitrogen tank makes its first appearance on the premiere episode. Tricks and gadgets aside, Blais is one talented chef. But he will have to be in top form to contend with the likes of Spike Mendelsohn, Jennifer Carroll, Marcel Vigneron, and Casey Thompson.
Atlanta Top Chef fans unite. An amazing season of the 18 most talented Top Chefs is right around the corner and we have a contender. A major contender.
Top Chef All-Stars premieres on Bravo TV Wednesday, Dec. 1, 10-11:15 p.m. (EST).
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.