City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

And the winner of “Top Chef All-Stars” is….

richard-blais-2005-197x300Richard Blais, the Atlanta chef who is currently the top toque at three branches of Flip Burger Boutique (including one in Birmingham, Ala.), was crowned the victor on “Top Chef All-Stars.” Blais, who had lost in the finals of the fourth season of the Bravo TV reality program, joined 17 other contestants from previous seasons for a second try at the title. For the finale, Blais faced off against Washington, D.C., chef Michael Isabella.

In addition to the title, Blais takes home a $200,000 prize, the largest in the show’s history.

The judges feasted on a multi-course menu that included oysters, hamachi, braised beef and something that wouldn’t surprise any Atlantan familiar with Blais’ cooking: foie gras ice cream.

Take a look at  Jon Watson’s recap of the finale as well as a look at Flip Burger Boutique’s newest location in Buckhead from me.

Congratulations, Chef Blais! You’ve made us proud.

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March 30th, 2011
11:33 pm


March 30th, 2011
11:37 pm

Much deserved!


March 30th, 2011
11:38 pm

Yes, Yes, YES!

Marc K

March 30th, 2011
11:39 pm

Way to go Richard! You make ATL proud!


March 30th, 2011
11:56 pm

We love you Richard! Congratulations and God Bless you and your family! I was rooting for you like you were family. You stole our hearts. You are a great chef…an even better man!!


March 31st, 2011
12:04 am

I am so happy. I am glad that you won.


March 31st, 2011
12:08 am

I don’t watch a lot of TV (except sports) and I’m not a very good cook, but this is a fun show; been watching for a number of years and love the way these guys like Kevin Gellespie and Richard show Atlanta in such a great light. Now we have to pull hard for Hugh Acheson in the Masters series that starts next week. Five and Ten is consistently one of my favorites.


March 31st, 2011
12:09 am

Way to go, Blais! Cheered out loud when you won!

Congrats on the new little girl too!

Chris from Levittown, N.Y.

March 31st, 2011
12:10 am

As an Atlanta transplant and native Long Islander, I relished in this victory as if I was celebrating the Braves back in 1995. I think this whole town had your back. Thanks for putting forth all the effort. You deserve it!!

Mary Sue

March 31st, 2011
12:17 am

I am so happy! I have been rooting for you and praying for you and your fine family as if you were my grandson. You have always been the best…you just needed to believe it yourself. Atlanta is so proud of you. Keep us posted of your upcoming restaurant plans. BTW, spend a little bit of the $200,000 and get a new haircut…..just kidding! God bless you.


March 31st, 2011
1:31 am

Go Richie! Congrats!

Uncle Joe

March 31st, 2011
1:50 am

Congratulations on winning the “Tin Tin” look-alike award!


March 31st, 2011
2:10 am

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rachael lee

March 31st, 2011
2:39 am

So. Excited.for. blais!!! Woo! Woo!! And so happy to have been. One of the fortunate diners at his BLAIS in Buckhead. What a treat!!!

Brenda D

March 31st, 2011
5:41 am

WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!! Way to go Blaise! =) You showed all of ‘em


March 31st, 2011
6:14 am

Way to go Richard. Great for Atlanta. I nearly choked on my Big Mac when I heard you won;)


March 31st, 2011
7:16 am

I’ve only seen this show a few times, so I’m not really in the loop on it. But this is GREAT news. Also, I checked out Richard’s restaurant website, I will have to check out that place.

Congrats Mr. Blais!


March 31st, 2011
7:31 am

I saw the finale this morning and was totally pleased that Blais won. Tears came to my eyes I was so happy! I don’t even know this man but from watching him both times, I feel a sweet spirit about him! Congrats Blais!!

Carla Roqs

March 31st, 2011
7:33 am

John, you cheated! you just had to post early! cool, first news i looked for this morning. yayyyyyyy blais!!! i, along with most of your other posters, threatened all sorts of personal harm to ourselves if mike had won!! this one was yours richard!!!!!!!!!!! my girl Carla was prob rooting for you in the end as well. i did not watch last night, no neves for it. was waiting for this morning’s recap and then i will watch the taped show. yayyyy for you blais, from the ATL girl transplanted in the north.

He won?

March 31st, 2011
7:45 am

Ah…he lost Season 4. This was nothing more than a show of all the losers. Obviously, one of them had to ‘win’. But this was the second go-around. What next, All Stars 2 and All Stars 3!!?? I get tired of seeing the same ones over and over. And, they all already have restaurants!!

Team Blais

March 31st, 2011
7:46 am

Very satisfied! Heading to Flip this weekend to celebrate!


March 31st, 2011
7:54 am

Well done….congrats.


March 31st, 2011
7:58 am

so happy for chef Blais!!!

I gettin new cookware

March 31st, 2011
8:10 am

Not big into the whose whose of my hometown . Just sayin . Really was pulling hard for Mikey and his pepperoni sauce . The Richard ” everything I cook is garbage ” shtick was really getting old . I like Mike . Just seems like a good basic guy .


March 31st, 2011
8:12 am

Awesome show. :) I was glad Blaise won. Mike seems to be a d-nozzle.


March 31st, 2011
8:17 am

Congrats! I love this show. And me and my husband really enjoy eating at Flip Burger. Keep up the good work.


March 31st, 2011
8:24 am

I was going to hurt something if Blais didn’t win! He had me in tears when he said he willed this win. Soooo happy :)


March 31st, 2011
8:27 am



March 31st, 2011
8:32 am

I am so very proud of you Richard. You demonstrated your talent under intense pressure during the course of this show and it finally paid off…….I was dissapointed as I thought you should have won during your season but this is all the sweeter! Congratulations!!!!!

Brookhaven Resident

March 31st, 2011
8:38 am

Way to go Rb! Hopefully this will fund Haute Dawg!

Now In Vegas!!

March 31st, 2011
8:46 am

Way to go, RB!! I was pulling for you!! Can’t wait to hit the “Flip” when I come back to visit in May! Now that you’ve won, and you’ve got mad celebrity….will you put a flip in VEGAS??? Jus’ sayin’!!!


March 31st, 2011
8:47 am

Went to sleep before the show last night, glad to see the article and that Richard won. I hated to stop watching one of my favorite shows if he did not, Richard was the best.


March 31st, 2011
8:52 am

OH HAPPY DAY! Congrats to Richard who really deserved it. And so happy Carla won fan favorite because she was hilarious throughout the show……….


March 31st, 2011
9:10 am

I am so happy for Richard!!!! Looking forward to another resturant from you because I love, love Flip Burger


March 31st, 2011
9:12 am

Great news!! Congratulations Richard!!!! A well-deserved win- awesome job. Looking forward to the recap- it is better than the show.
Carla really is like your kooky aunt who always makes you laugh or smile.

Top Chef FAN

March 31st, 2011
9:25 am

Congratulations, Richard! I am a huge fan and was delighted to see you win. It was well deserved as you have been consistent all season long. I guess I will have to go to Flip this weekend to celebrate the win with a Krispy Kreme milkshake! :)


March 31st, 2011
9:31 am

Richard you have made us in Atlanta proud! You have always stood out ! I remeber your unique treat at the Chocolate event, and am glad to see you get the recognition you have worked so hard for, keep up the good work!!


March 31st, 2011
9:32 am

Good Job, Richard
I am bringing my wife to your restaurant in Buckhead soon, she is one of your Biggest fans.


March 31st, 2011
9:38 am

Congratulations Richard on your win, and to the new addition to your family!

I just watched to video of the extended Judges Table on the Top Chef site, and was extremely happy to see that the ONLY person NOT in Richard’s court was Gail. Everyone else, INCLUDING all of the guest super chefs, who joined the judges, thought Richard was Top Chef, and Gail had no choice but to follow their collective lead.

I guess this goes to show that nice guys can finish first, and good things come to those who wait. Richard, all the best in the future. My wife and I look forward to dining at Flip until your new dining experience is open, and then we’ll have two Blais options to choose from!


March 31st, 2011
9:43 am

Crying because of a TV game show? Really, people?


March 31st, 2011
9:52 am

Congratulations, but foie gras ice cream ??
No Thanks !!


March 31st, 2011
10:24 am

WOO-HOO!!! I jumped out of bed and cheered when Padma annouced Richard was TOP CHEF….I like Mike too but Richard was just meant to be TC….you represent Atlanta very well :-)


March 31st, 2011
10:50 am

YEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHH!! Totally deserved it! Congrats Richard!


March 31st, 2011
10:57 am

nice hair…douch

Rare please

March 31st, 2011
11:14 am


March 31st, 2011
12:07 pm

Way to go Richard!!! I remember meeting you at the taste of atlanta a couple years ago you, your wife and son. I’m an assistant at cook’s warehouse, and had a chance to assist you. Great job!


March 31st, 2011
12:43 pm

I was cheering for you the whole season and so glad you won. You are so talented and an excellent competitor. Thanks for some great TV over the past few months.


March 31st, 2011
1:02 pm

Congratulations. I can’t wait to see how you invest your prize money. Mmmm- craving a burnt marshmallow and nutella milkshake.


March 31st, 2011
1:14 pm

Richard, take this win to heart and start getting some self confidence for your dishes! I thought you were going to perform seppuku if you didn’t win!


March 31st, 2011
2:18 pm

It was so exciting to watch! I could not wait to see the episode! He was the most talented chef on this show and the finale proved it. In the kitchen, he finally appeared more confident and in control and his dishes reflected it. I just wish I still lived in Atlanta to visit one of his restaurants and soak up the excitement. Congratulations, Top Chef!!!