Richard Blais

Chef Richard Blais

Richard Blais is an author, chef, and television personality. He won Bravo's inaugural Top Chef All-Stars and is well known from appearances on the Top Chef series. Blais owns and operates Trail Blais, a culinary consulting company, and co-hosts FOX's Next Level Chef.


Blais has worked at iconic restaurants The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and El Bulli. He was the opening chef at Juniper & Ivy in San Diego and is the culinary director for VIP Dining at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, where the San Diego Symphony performs.

Blais opened hotel restaurants Ember & Rye in Carlsbad, California, and Four Flamingos in Orlando in 2021. He's published three cookbooks and hosts the podcast Food Court with Richard Blais.


Blais graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

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