Top Chef: The Tour

Richard Blais on hangovers, lost wallets, and stalking Lance Bass.

Aug 14, 2008

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The tour took us to Los Angeles this weekend. It was my first effort working two days of shows, which was surprisingly pretty exhausting. It was also the first time I was reunited with a cast member from my own season, Antonia Lofaso.

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The first day I was teamed up with Brian Malarkey (Season 3). Now you all know Brian is the Season 3 "seafood guy," the "good-looking guy," and the "guy that wore funky hats before Spike wore the funky hats." It's always interesting meeting someone from a different season. There is a certain fraternity that exists, like you know each other without really knowing each other. But I definitely felt, especially after a long night working and playing with Brian, that we shared a few more things then I have with some of my other colleagues. He's expecting, I have a newborn, he's married, I'm married, he looks good shirtless ... and so it goes.