Also, I wanted to express and acknowledge my firm belief that the competition really doesn't begin until your run on Top Chef is over. Winning Top Chef All-Stars was amazing but it wasn't the endgame. Win or lose, what you do with those moments after your appearance are what really count. I am a fan of so many chefs who have appeared on the franchise. I admire so many of them and their accomplishments. Fabio and Spike are masters at creating opportunity. They are good looking, smart businessmen, and not to mention, at this point, friends. (Maybe you saw Spike rocking the "Blaisian" t-shirt I designed for my line at TastyCotton.com). Jen Carroll is the bad ass in the kitchen everyone touts, as well as kind, endearing, and the free spirit we all wish we could be sometimes. And other chefs, not appearing in Life After Top Chef, the Voltaggio brothers, Dale Talde, Angelo Sosa, Mike Isabella, and especially Carla Hall are all accomplishing so much, in so many arenas. It would be dishonest to say I'm not aware of their successes. The restaurants and cookbooks, endorsements and television work. I compete with all of them, in a friendly, professional way, and I hope revealing that is OK with you.
In Life After, in my restaurants, you may see me in uncomfortable positions. The cameras were there when things were flowing smoothly and when things weren't. During one of these moments, I thought for a split second, to just kind of blow over an issue because there were cameras in front of me. But I couldn't. It would be acting, and intentionally misleading, and most of all, bad for my business if I just let things slide for the camera. So you will see my business for what it is and I'm happy about that for the sake of authenticity. You will see interactions with business partners, old and new. My discomfort dealing with suits and financiers, controllers and CFOs. Interactions with newbie cooks, who can't, and veteran chefs who have been with me for years. And the simple fact, that my work, or dare I say, brand, relies on so many other people who do so much for me. And unlike in the confines of Top Chef, I can not possibly be in control of it all.
Sometimes my world spins out of control, even if it's just in my own nerdy, little self-deprecating, nervous head, and I hope you enjoy it. . .
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I never understand a woman who complains about a husband trying to make a better life for her and their children. What we saw was a snippet of her complaining; I would guess that the extra pressure she is putting on you is exasperating. Don't do anything out of guilt or let anyone else not let you fulfill your dream because you will never be happy. Life is a crapsshoot! Live it the way you need to!
Richard, 2 years ago we moved from the US to Zürich for my husbands career. Prior to that I also had a career. But now my career is taking care of my family. It's not easy. My hubby gets feedback everyday on what a great job he's doing, in Ireland. See him maybe 48 hrs a week. And my two teen daughters, yeah, they're going to say hank you, you're doing a great job...not. You have to make sure your wife knows that your life and career is a partnership. That what she does matters just as much as what you do. If she is taking care of the kids and home, that is contributing to the success of your career. That you have to be able to say no to some things, because family comes first. I'm struggling right now with my worth, my identity. It appears she is too. But on your side, Jessica, if you two made these decisions together, suck it up and join the team. I love my international lifestyle, I assume you like yours. You also s have a responsibility of figuring out what you want, how to get it, while still putting the children first. Listen to each other, fight fair and love your kids more then anything! Life is short. You two are amazing and I wish you the best of luck! Jen Johnson
Richard, My father was in the restaurant business, and I don't think people realize what a really tough business it is. Of course you look tired. I would hope that your wife would be just a little more understanding about the sacrifices and struggles it takes at the beginning to open a restaurant. The rewards of a successful establishment would be really great for you and your family.
well, actually Richard you ARE a Top Chef. You are also a Top person -- which is even more important. You are serious, smart, generous, talented. Its good to see you back on Bravo. Enjoy your success.
Richard, it's good to see you again, but I wish I'd seen you looking more rested. You looked like you'd been through the ringer, and no wonder. You have so many irons in the fire -- maybe too many? I belong to a large message board, and people on there are concerned about your marriage. Try to remember that your wife and your children have to come first because all of the restaurants, fame and money won't ever replace them. I remember seeing your wife on Top Chef, I think. She's a cutie and seemed to be very supportive of you.
Another thing that people are wondering about is why you continue to talk about "choking" in your first Top Chef competition. It sounds like you're saying that Stephanie wouldn't have won if you hadn't choked. For all you know, she might have won anyway, but the bottom line is that she DID win! Stop using that as an excuse because it sounds so self-serving and egotistical. Accept the fact that Stephanie won!!! It seems like everyone has forgotten about that ending, but you keep bringing it up. Forgive yourself, and MOVE ON! You sound so whiny, and it's a TERRIBLE put-down of Stephanie, who is accomplished in her own right!
You have had so many accomplishments and so much recognition since Top Chef. Your respect among chefs seems to be flourishing. I don't think there's any doubt in anyone's
mind that you'll accomplish great things -- and have already. I'm one of your biggest fans, so all of your success makes me happy for you. Keep your perspective, and don't be too hard on yourself or your family. Good things come to those who wait.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of you as the show continues. Best of luck to you.
Good show,Richard. Good luck with your new restaurant! I do feel it is time for you to give up the comments on how you should have won your season of Top Chef. It would be nice if you would give Stephanie the props she deserves for her win. Good luck.
I just love you!! You are so true about the passion you have for cooking,and it shows. You were fantastic on ALL STARS. My husband and i will watch you every Wednesday!
I have thoroughtly enjoyed the 4 of you on the various Top Chef seasons, and I love the series. That said, this particular TC series did not hold my attention for even an entire episode. Probably will not be back again.
Wow I realized about an hour ago that I have watched you all day..... It is good to see what you guys are all up to. I am glad that you and your lovely family are all doing good and bad but I think you have it under control. Good luck to you and the rest of the cast on this new show.