After two years, there was a run through Miami, then back to Atlanta. After a little juggling around, Richard went on Top Chef. He became a name to know about food, period. He borderline became a household name. He started to become very successful, hitting many life goals for himself. The one thing he left on the table was the win.
Often times when I do a Top Chef event, there are extensive Q&A sessions. One question that is almost always asked is, “Who should have won that didn’t”? Of course I would say Richard, but after doing several events with other previous Top Chefers, they all pretty much unanimously said the same.
I think this was a big longing in his heart he wanted filled. Now this may read as a total ego-stroking diatribe, and one that I wouldn’t ever feel like I could write completely or well enough. But the reality is that I love the guy. He is one of the best souls that I know and he really deserves this. I don’t discredit anyone else’s feeling that they needed to win this also, but this time it is his redemption song.
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Amazing tribute. Could not be happier for him, Thanks for sharing your insight. Hope you are continuing to do well...
Perfect. Thank you. This finale was something special, and the whole season actually. Richard Blaise had his heart on his sleeve the whole time, and I have to say I am thrilled he won. Happy to hear that he is the mensch that he seems!
Lovely tribute. I was so happy that Richard Blais won. I find his self doubt and humility refreshing and human, especially in someone so obviously skilled. I much prefer it to the arrogance and hubris we see in so many food celebrities. Mainly, I appreciate reading here that Richard is every bit the mensch he appears to be. Thank you for a touching and enlightening post!
Well written tribute... Richard took it serious from the beginning. His quality and attention to his food made him stand apart from the rest. Loved All stars TOP CHEF!!!
Great tribute Eli... I believe all who watched Richards first season felt the same. I was so heart broken over his loss that I was scared to watch your season... glad I did. Ya Richard you’re a Rock Star!! Loved Top Chef All Stars… Great Season!