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Cheer on Richard Blais during “Top Chef All Stars” viewing party

Photo by Our Labor of Love

Photo by Our Labor of Love

Richard Blais is going to be crowned the “Top Chef All Stars” winner tonight.

Or not.

Either way, fans of the telegenic Atlanta chef can come cheer him on at a viewing party at the Buckhead Theatre.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., last week’s episode rolls at 9 p.m. and the big finale starts at 10 p.m. You can RSVP and find out who else on the event’s Facebook page.

We talked to Blais, the guy behind the Flip Burger Boutique concept for a minute this week as he was juggling a slew of media interviews.

“It’s definitely made me a better chef,” said Blais, a past “Top Chef” contender who’s also worked with the Science Channel on a show called “Blais Off,” which flexes his “molecular-gastronomy” muscles. “There’s nothing like taking criticism in front of millions of people.”

Given the glut of reality fare on the television dial, we asked Blais why he thinks chefs seem to make such good TV. Simple, he said: “Everyone eats! Maybe not everyone wears fancy clothes, but everyone has strong opinion about food.”

In his scant free time he enjoys Fourth & Swift and Bacchanalia when not dining on his own fare. And when comfort food is in order? “I’m always good for a banana and peanut butter [sandwich],” he said. Blais will be in New York tonight, by the way.

There’s no admission charge to attend the viewing party here, and there will be a cash bar. Guests are, naturally, encouraged to eat at Flip beforehand.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

37 comments Add your comment

ALT4real

March 30th, 2011
10:12 am

you da man, Richard!

Nia

March 30th, 2011
10:23 am

YOU GO RICHARD i PRAY U WIN YOU DESERVE IT

judy

March 30th, 2011
11:07 am

Team Blais – YEA!!!!!!!

A fan

March 30th, 2011
12:50 pm

I was not a big fan in his original season… but this time around he has won me over and been beyond awesome. Way to go!

RJ's WIFE

March 30th, 2011
1:07 pm

GOOD LUCK RICHARD

Faith

March 30th, 2011
1:12 pm

I actually saw Richard & his family @ 4th & Swift Sunday monring for brunch!

RK

March 30th, 2011
1:14 pm

So he won’t be there? Guess he has to be at the aftershow…

bluedolphin36

March 30th, 2011
1:15 pm

I am a big fan of Richard’s; I have wanted him to win since the season started. I think it will be a close match because Mike’s skill seem to keep growing. Has anynone been to Flip? How is it?

Jesus loves Richard

March 30th, 2011
1:24 pm

I hope Jesus gives Richard the victory he deserves. Jesus loves Richard, and will be coursing through his veins while he is preparing his otherwise mediocre modern cuisine. Lets hope Jesus comes through!!

dre

March 30th, 2011
1:36 pm

You go Richard! Go directly to Great Clips to get your hair done so you don’t look like a douche.

hey religious nuts

March 30th, 2011
1:41 pm

this show is pre-recorded, so praying for an outcome is useless, just like anytime you pray. not that i would expect you to be reasonable.

Bryan2design

March 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

There’s no [CHARGE FOR] admission to attend the viewing party here. No admission would be silly.

Deb

March 30th, 2011
1:54 pm

So if he is throwing a Viewing party for the season finale, more than likely, he won…

Carla

March 30th, 2011
1:56 pm

Cant wait for tonight!!!!! Go Richard…in the words of Fabio…YOU are the only shadow standing in your own sunshine…
And yes I realize this has already happened…just still got hope! LOL!

Dell

March 30th, 2011
2:00 pm

Good Luck tonight Richard. I have been a fan since the first time I saw you on Top Chef. Your skills are second to none. We ate at Flip for my sons 20th birthday and I must say it was Excellent!!! The Nutella milkshake is a game changer for sure and the Korean BBQ burger was superb!!

Jhorts

March 30th, 2011
2:23 pm

You’re a typical obnoxious florida gator and I sincerely wish you wouldn’t mix your university allegiance into your craft.

weena

March 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

“The Nutella milkshake is a game changer for sure”. Gurl, just how old are you? I hope not over 20.

Team Richard

March 30th, 2011
2:28 pm

Penny Bee

March 30th, 2011
2:34 pm

Yay, Richard! I made some bacon jam last night in your honor.

Briana

March 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

GO RICHARD!!!

ihorizon

March 30th, 2011
2:51 pm

Go Richard!!!! I caught briefly a couple of the shows today and got to say, Richard and Marcel both have mind boggling molecular gastronomy talents but it would be nice if we had a Moto-type restaurant here in Georgia!!!
PS: I did not get the chance to try Element while it was open during its brief run…but would like to see maybe a shopping mall restaurant version of it…

ihorizon

March 30th, 2011
2:54 pm

How do you make bacon jam exactly? Sounds very good on ice cream or cakes as topping.

Johnny

March 30th, 2011
3:04 pm

Does it really matters if he wins or not? It’s not like he cooks for the general public anymore. He’ll be on next season and the season after that and the season after that. He is like furniture.

Renee

March 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

Hoping you take home the title tonight Richard. You have had an amazing season and I wish you a bright future.

Glenn

March 30th, 2011
3:37 pm

I want Mike . Take some of that . BTW Richard wins . Still I want Mike even though we already know he lost .

Alma

March 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Richard. You deserve it and Mike is so smug. He needs to pack his knives and leave.

*Real*Opinion*

March 30th, 2011
4:30 pm

I love Richard Blais and hope he beats the cheater tonight. This really has nothing to do with the show tonight – but Richard, if for some reason you are so bored and you are reading this….please fire your staff at Flip. They are rude and obnoxious. The food is wonderful (as expected) but the staff sucks the life out of this place. Every time we go it is a bad experience.

Marjorie Morningstar

March 30th, 2011
5:16 pm

I’m for Mike

SP

March 30th, 2011
5:18 pm

Whether you win tonight or not, Richard, you are number one!

In all the wrong places...

March 30th, 2011
5:23 pm

I’m not a big Blais fan, but I’d rather see ANYONE send Isabella back to the cave from whence he was unearthed.

Toni Avery

March 30th, 2011
10:36 pm

GOOD LUCK TEAM BLAIS We KNOW YOU CAN WIN. TOP CHEF You Are ….ATLANTA IN THE HOUSE!!!!!

Chuckles™

March 30th, 2011
11:04 pm

RICHARD WINS!!! Good Googly Mooglie!

Grats to both of the chefs – and I hope Mike gets the $$$ from Richard, ’cause I think it’d be a good investment.

As for Blais:

1) God bless man. You are THE MAN.
2) PLEASE don’t leave Atlanta! You’re one of us. You are officially Southern.

You did us proud. Now go open that restaurant!!!

Christi J

March 30th, 2011
11:17 pm

HELL YEAH BLAIS! HELL YEAH!

Julie Greene

March 30th, 2011
11:27 pm

Congratulations, Richard! I am so proud of you!

Lidia

March 31st, 2011
6:45 am

Congrats to Richard, but did he really deserve to win? Mike didn’t just deserve to be there, he killed it.
http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2011/03/richard-blais-may-be-top-chef-all-star.html
Don’t know why everyone is hating on him.

carlaroqs

March 31st, 2011
7:59 am

@Lidia– have you watched the show at all this season before they hit the islands????

carlaroqs

March 31st, 2011
8:01 am

anyway, congrats blais!!! you deserved the win. and yayyyy, CARLA ROQS!!!!!!!!!!!! carla won fan favorite as she should have her first time on the show, and blais won top chef as he should have his first time on the show!!!