The Daily Dish

Kenya Moore Posts Pic With "Sister" Lisa Vanderpump

Andy: How to Throw the Best New Year's Eve Party Ever

At Home With Top Chef’s Sam Talbot

See Kim Zolciak's Amazing Christmas Bling

NeNe Leakes Offers Michael Strahan Dating Advice

Teresa Giudice Steps Out to Support Gia

The Most WTF Pop Culture Moments of 2014 (As Told by Real Housewives)

How Bravolebs Celebrated the Holidays

Caroline Manzo Reveals Her Inspiring Family Hero

Ramona Singer Opens Up About Her Single Life

Amber Marchese Teases Newest Fitness Venture

What's Airing on Bravo Over the Holidays?

Has Amber Marchese Kept In Touch With Teresa Giudice?

Joanna Krupa Slams Brandi Glanville

That Time Padma Partied With Lady Gaga

Lisa Vanderpump Was a Bridesmaid in Lance Bass' Wedding

Kenya Moore: What I Learned from Reality TV

POLL: Do You Like NeNe's New Wig?

Would Lisa Rinna Return to Soaps?

Holiday Cheers! Jax, Tom and Ariana's Festive Tips

Why Lilly Ghalichi Ended Her Engagement

The Great #InstagramPurge of 2014—Andy Reacts!

Gag Award Poll: Naomi, Demi or an All Trans Cover

Bevy Smith's Secrets to Fierce Holiday Fashion

Have NeNe's 'RHOA' Co-Stars Seen Her on Broadway?

#TBT: That Time Stassi Was on 'Amazing Race'

Whatever Happened to Marisa Zanuck?

Is 'Real Housewives of Miami' Returning?

Phaedra Parks: I Speak to Apollo All the Time

Would LeAnn Rimes Join the Housewives?

Andy Cohen Shares His Favorite Books of the Year

Teresa Giudice Debuts a New Dessert Cooking Demo

Holiday Cheers! Peter Thomas' Delicious Rude Boy Brew

Blake Lively Gets Cooking With Hung Huynh

Fredrik Eklund: How I'm Helping the Homeless

Vicki Gunvalson Explains That Topless Selfie

The 10 Best Housewives Moments of 2014

Holiday Cheers! Lisa Vanderpump's Fave Festive Drink

Last Call for Amazing Bravo Holiday Gifts

Lisa Vanderpump: My Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets

Richard Blais' Three Tips for Winning 'Top Chef'

The veteran Cheftestant and judge has a recipe for success that's tough to beat.

Richard Blais has competed on three different iterations of Top Chef, won one, and now serves as a judge on Top Chef Boston. As such, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better-qualified person to give advice on how to compete on the culinary show.

In fact, the award-winning restaurateur has three major tips for anyone looking to become the next winning cheftestant, and as the competition heats up with Season 12, he's finally sharing his secrets of success.

1. Go shopping.
You may not realize it, but a good portion of success on Top Chef depends on a smart selection of groceries. "Chefs aren't usually spending their days shopping. They're ordering from the artisan pig guy, or whatever it is," Richard says. "Go down to your local market and go shopping. Learn the market."

2. Practice makes perfect.
Richard recommends making good use of that kitchen timer. "Set the clock for 20 minutes, [and then] go to someone else's kitchen where you don't know where things are," he advises. "Then you realize that 30 minutes is really 20 minutes and 20 minutes is really 15, and you have to consolidate your ideas."

3. Fortune favors the bold.
Finally, if you've made it on to the show, it's time to think outside of the box. "Be bold and aggressive with your flavors. It's different than running your local cafe," Richard says. "The stereotypical Northern Californian chef, they struggle in food competitions because they have a great peach that falls off a tree and they drizzle some artisanal olive oil on it. Well, you might not have that peach tree in a challenge on the beach, or shopping at a local supermarket, and you might not have that olive oil, so trying to sell that idea is really tough."

Richard recommends cultivating a wide selection in your mental library when it comes to flavor profiles. "You're against some chefs whose natural genre of cuisine is Mexican or Southeastern Asian, so if your specialty is Italian, you can compete, but don't forget the Calabrian chiles and the anchovy. You've got to bring these things to the game," he says.

[Source: The Tennessean]