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Here's Why Richard Blais Considers Himself a Celebrity Chef — But in "Air Quotes"

The Bravo's Top Chef alum will take the flattering title, but with a grain of salt. 

By Jenny Berg

Richard Blais has a complicated relationship with his celebrity status — or should we say "celebrity" status? The Bravo's Top Chef alum has gone on record with his feelings about signing autographs, and let's just say he's not entirely sure he's into it. So, all things considered, does Richard consider himself a celebrity?

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"I’m a celebrity chef in air quotes," Richard recently told Las Vegas Magazine. The chef, who just opened a Crack Shack in Vegas, added:

"I think when you get to Vegas it validates some sort of celebrity chefness. You get off the airplane and there are [billboards with] Gordon Ramsay’s face, and Giada, and my friend Guy Fieri has a place across the street, not to mention all the world-famous culinary talents that are here but not on Food Network or Top Chef. "

He continued: "I guess what I’m saying is, it’s an honor. But I’m not Gordon or Guy, and I don’t have that sort of household recognition, so I sort of sit on the fence of being a TV chef. But being here helps me feel like I’m heading that way, which is great."

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