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Richard Blais to star in new Bravo series ‘Life After Top Chef’


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Bravo TV announced a slew of new green- lit shows that will hit the airwaves in the near future, and one of Atlanta’s own will be back on the airwaves. (Ok, two of Atlanta’s own if you count the Real Housewives of Atlanta spinoff, The Khandi Factory, but I have no time for that drivel.)

Life After Top Chef will profile four Top Chef alums and how their lives have changed after their stints on the flagship competition cooking show. Included in the series are Jen Carroll from Philadelphia, Fabio Viviani from Los Angeles, Spike Mendelsohn from DC, and Atlanta’s favorite Top Cheftestant, Richard Blais.

The announcement comes as no surprise, as the chefs have all been spotted with not-so-inconspicuous camera crews following them around as of late. It comes as no surprise that Blais made the cut, as he was immediately a fan favorite on both of his TC seasons. While the details of his portion of the show have not been released, I assume that we can expect to see a lot of time dedicated to the opening of his much-anticipated new restaurant, The Spence.

Bravo has not released the expected air dates for the new show, but I would expect that we should see the new show by the Fall of this year. And that expectation is nothing but speculation on my part, so don’t take that one to the bank.

I can’t help but wonder what, if any, kind of an impact this will have on The Spence. Are you ready for more Blais on the small screen?

– By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

11 comments Add your comment


April 5th, 2012
1:31 pm

“Atlanta’s favorite Top Cheftestant, Richard Blais.” Only in his publicist’s mind.


April 5th, 2012
1:41 pm

fantastic! Stop hating on Blais…he’s done nothing to you kmb…Be nice to people and people will be nice to you!


April 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

Another talentless P.O.S.


April 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

Man, some haters on here. I definitely wouldn’t call Blais “talentless”, anyone that can win a competition against such skilled contestants and be a successful restauranteur, I think it takes talent. Blais has always been pretty self-deprecating & “woe is me”, so whatever you think about his over-exposure has nothing to do with his food. Times have changed…a successful chef is one that can get out from behind the line and still be making tons of money!


April 5th, 2012
5:28 pm

Aaaaaah yeah, I’m just trying to hate on here. Never heard of the guy. My bad.


April 5th, 2012
11:11 pm

Can’t wait to see it! I’d much rather watch Richard than Jen though – if I remember correctly, she’s the one who needed a huge dose of humility BOTH times she appeared.


April 6th, 2012
8:42 am

I’ve followed RB since his Blais Buckhead days, so I’m all for this. I had hoped his challenge show that premiered a few episodes last year would have been picked up, but this is still a good dose of RB!


April 6th, 2012
4:57 pm

I make no secret of the fact that I dislike Richard Blais, but that aside; “successful restauranteur”?


April 10th, 2012
5:28 pm

not sure why the hatred on Blais. Seemed pretty talented to me. I have enjoyed his restaurants as well.

Glat to hear Jen will be on. She is hot!

Matt in Midtown

April 10th, 2012
5:53 pm

Two things: Stop using the word “cheftestant”. Flip Burger and HD1 both suck.


April 11th, 2012
8:50 am

HD1 has a Scoutmob deal right now. How “successful” can they be? If the Spence fails, Blais is done in ATL.