Starving for Attention with Richard Blais

Get an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of food with this chef, television personality and author. Hear from anyone and everyone in the culinary industry, including restaurateurs, television hosts, famous chefs, producers of your favorite cooking and competition shows and more. They'll join Blais for spontaneous, back-of-house conversation about what it takes to make it in different parts of the food business, global trends and where the industry overlaps with entertainment. Plus, play along with their games, trivia and other wacky moments.


Starving for Attention with Richard Blais

Troy Johnson

Greetings from San Diego's Kaaboo Festival, where Richard and Jazmin give updates on their festival experience before chatting with Guy's Grocery Store Games Judge and writer Troy Johnson. The three talk about stage fright, their shared fantasy football obsession, and Troy's troubles as a restaurant critic. They end with a game called "Is Troy Annoyed?" about potential scenarios one might encounter as a critic.
01:19:24 9/17/2019

Past Episodes

Richard joins Carl Ruiz at his restaurant, La Cubana, in New York City for an incredibly fun conversation! Richard and Carl start with the in-depth analysis of jelly doughnuts you never knew you needed. Then, Carl discusses the process of opening his restaurant and the neuroticism shared by every chef who finds success. Later, the two play a fun game of 'Ruizing vs Blazing.'
01:15:13 9/10/2019
Richard and Jazmin reminisce on a fun story from their courtship before sharing their interview with one of Richard's all time heroes, Michael Mina. They discuss how Michael builds strong partnerships with other chefs and the impact press has on the restaurant industry. Plus, Richard and Jazmin play 'What Does It Mina' with Michael to gain his insight on many areas of the restaurant industry.
01:15:09 9/3/2019
Richard shares stories of his trip to Boston before sitting down with chef, author and restaurateur Jamie Bisonnette. The two talk about Jamie's weird collections, being an old soul chef and the prank Jamie played on Richard during Top Chef. Plus the guys play a delicious game of Never Have I Ever.
01:01:35 8/27/2019
Aloha from Hawaii, where Richard and Jazmine give updates on their vacation before chatting with Top Chef alum (season 3), Guy's Grocery Games judge and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Richard joins him at Farmer and the Seahorse to discuss how they name restaurants, evolving and the future of celebrity chefs. Brian then gets into which aspects of the culinary world he believes are dying, as well as his love of aliens.
01:10:00 8/20/2019
Ben Conniff and Luke Holden the founders of Luke's Lobster hang out with Richard in New York City. The duo talk about what inspired them to start the business and how far they've come over the last 10 years. We find out what a traditional Maine lobster roll is all about. And you wont want to miss the fruit that gets 86ed to throw Richard for a loop.
01:03:36 8/13/2019
Today, Top chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum, Chef and owner of Death By Tequila, Angelo Sosa hangs out with Richard! The friends and former competitors talk about the influences of Top Chef on their Kitchens including their use of Quickfires to foster creativity. Richard draws comparisons between Steph Curry's 3 point shooting and using a pressure cooker. And having both originated from the East coast, Angelo and Richard explore the adjustment to seasons and produce in California.
01:16:07 8/6/2019
Today, culinary power couple Jet and Ali Tila hang out with Richard! Jet and Richard ask Ali about spending more time in front of the camera including how she feels about live shows. Richard inquires about Jet and Ali's background as educators and how they feel it has influenced their work in the kitchen. And we even find out what type of musician Richard wanted to be before he devoted himself to culinary pursuits. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod.
01:14:43 7/30/2019
Today, Top Chef alum (Seasons 3 and 10) and Champion (Duels), former member of the US National Volleyball Team, and Chef Partner for Aba and ?ma for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, CJ Jacobson sits down with Richard in Chicago. CJ discusses his more non-traditional path after Top Chef, including when he chose to work at Noma in Copenhagen so he could observe Chef René Redzepi. Richard and Chef Jacobson talk about the influences his time as a professional Volleyball player have had on his work ethic and competitive spirit in the kitchen. And CJ explains how he feels patience and a positive perspective have brought him the best results working with his staff to foster culinary creativity. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod.
01:30:37 7/23/2019
Today Richard catches up with Chef Gavin Kaysen in his flagship Spoon and Stable Restaurant. After explaining how Gavin is working with his hometown Minnesota Wild, he and Richard draw parallels between athletics and the culinary worlds. Gavin talks about his long run working for Chef Daniel Boulud, the influences he has taken from there and the lessons he is able to pass on. Gavin also speaks about how their industry can change into more of a profession and the ways he has already been working towards that goal. Remember to join us on social @Starving4pod.
01:24:18 7/16/2019
Today, chef, restaurateur, author, and culinary celebrity, Ashley Christensen spends time with Richard and Jazmin at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic. Ashley speaks about the honor of winning the James Bear award for outstanding chef in the country in 2019. The gang also talks about how Ashley's South Eastern roots influenced her love for food and cooking. And you'll definitely want to hear how Ashley likes to connect with the ghost of a space when she sets up her restaurants, in at least one case somewhat literally! Join us on social @ Starving4Pod!
01:18:35 7/9/2019

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