Jack Hourigan Bio

Jack Hourigan, the youngest of nine children was born and raised outside of Toronto, Canada. She holds a degree in English/Theatre from McGill University in Montreal and is a graduate of the famed Second City Conservatory. As a member of the resident inaugural Second City Cleveland cast she wrote and performed three shows, Rivercan't or The Trafficantabury Tales, For those about to Iraq and Who's your Baghdadi?. She works with Second City entertainment in Chicago and Toronto.

In her spare time, Jack co-hosts The Block on UPN and appears live on pre-game shows for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Browns on WUAB 43, UPN and CBS 19. Once in awhile, she reports mildly amusing stories for CBS Action News. She can be seen in numerous short films and pilots and the back of her head appears in the Sundance award winning motion picture American Splendor, The Harvey Pekar Story. Jack also appears in Christmas at Maxwell's . As the host of How To Boil Water, she learns basic cooking techniques from her friend Tyler Florence, host of Food 911 and Tyler's Ultimate.

To relax, Jack reads anything written by David Sedaris and Steve Martin, listens to NPR and eats a lot of soup. Jack shares a love of the Toronto Maple Leafs with her wonderful son, Spencer.

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Richard Blais Bio

Most recognizable as the winner of Bravo's Top Chef All-Stars, Richard Blais has played an influential role in hospitality for the last 15 years. He began his career, as so many young aspiring chefs do, as the "poissonnier" at McDonald's. It was here that he first dabbled in deconstruction in cuisine, serving Filet-O-Fish sandwiches sans top bun. His developing passion for food and the service industry led Richard to The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. As an ambitious student, he spent time between semesters studying at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., under renowned Chef Thomas Keller and alongside then-rising stars Grant Achatz and Eric Ziebold. Upon graduating from the CIA in 1998, Richard ventured to New York for the opportunity to work with Chef Daniel Boulud at his famous flagship, Restaurant Daniel. Richard then followed his professional compass to Roses, Spain, where he completed a brief stage at El Bulli with culinary wizard Ferran Adrià. In 2000 Richard relocated to Atlanta to oversee a local seafood concept. His wildly creative approach to cooking and cuisine led to the establishment of Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed and operated some of Atlanta's most-popular eateries, including multiple outposts of Flip Burger Boutique and HD-1. He recently launched The Spence, a restaurant concept in midtown Atlanta, and opened Juniper & Ivy, in San Diego, where he offers a refined approach to American cuisine and showcases the seasonal and local ingredients of California. In Richard's debut cookbook, Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, he reveals a simplified approach to adventurous cooking by sharing new flavor combinations and textures to reinvent home cooks' classic dishes. Each of the 125 recipes is straightforward enough to make at home, but for those who want to try using liquid nitrogen or a sous-vide machine, Richard offers fun variations on his recipes that add another level of excitement in the kitchen. Try This at Home was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in 2014 in the Cookbook: General Cooking category. In December 2013 Richard appeared as the host of a brand-new television program entitled Cook Your Ass Off. The show, which aired on the HLN network, is a transformational culinary contest that focuses on the health struggles of everyday people. Talented chef contestants are pitted against each other in a three-round competition to transform daily indulgences into healthy and delicious meals. Richard has also appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Live! with Kelly and Michael, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as in numerous publications, including The New York Times, InStyle and Food & Wine magazine.