Richard 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.