Get to Know Guy's Grocery Games Judge Richard Blais
Richard Blais made a name for himself on TV and in the culinary world when he won Top Chef All-Stars. Since then he's also competed on Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars. You'll find him hosting the upcoming Halloween Baking Championship. This experimental culinarian is currently the chef at Juniper & Ivy in San Diego and operates The Spence in Atlanta and Flip in various locations. Richard also is a regular judge on Guy's Grocery Games. Find out what Richard likes to pick up at his local supermarket, what's his best five-ingredient dish and more.
Get to know this Triple G judge, and tune in to watch Richard on Guy's Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.
Do you prefer shopping in a small market or in a supermarket?
Richard Blais: I like both, but obnoxiously I do like an outdoor farmers market.
Do you prefer self-checkout, online ordering or a real person?
RB: Real person, and I always try to start a conversation with them — that rarely works!
Is there one thing you can't leave a grocery store without?
RB: Usually an economy-sized pump bottle of Old Spice body wash, if you must know.
What's the one thing you love/hate most about grocery shopping?
Give me five ingredients or less in coming up with your best dish.
RB: Beef oxtail or stew meat, canned tomato, caraway seed, onion, balsamic vinegar — my goulash game is tight!
RB: A pasta dish from Mario Batali or a proper English Sunday roast from Marco Pierre White.
What's the most-surprising or oddest thing we'd find in your fridge, food or otherwise?
RB: Right now? Something we call boo-boo sheep. It's a stuffed lamb with ice cubes for kids’ bumps and bruises. So that's pretty odd.
Where do you see dining trends going? Do you have one you absolutely love or hate?
RB: Focused, simple dishes! I hate super-sweet food.
Quickfire (Name the first thing that comes to mind)
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate, or corn. Yep, corn.
Favorite salty snack: Potato chips, roast chicken flavor
Tune in to Guy's Grocery Games on Sundays at 8|7c.