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.

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Starving for Attention with Richard Blais

Going Viral with Kalen Allen

Today, Youtube star and viral sensation with his, "Kalen Reacts" videos, Kalen Allen joins Richard and Jazmin in the studio. You wont want to miss a minute of the fun as they talk about how Kalen first went viral while attending Temple University. Kalen also shares how his meteoric rise got him a job on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. And of course we get some first hand reactions from Kalen including his thought on In-N-Out Burger since moving to the west coast. Don't forget to join us on social @Starving4pod!
01:05:12 6/11/2019

Past Episodes

Today, founder of TrueCooks Chef Chad Minton hangs out with Richard in Las Vegas! To kick it off Richard and Jazmin talk about the pressures that can come along with the Michelin guide. Chad shares how welcoming the local chef's community in Las Vegas have been. And when its time for games, Richard even makes Chef Minton determine if it was a TrueCook or a NewCook.
01:10:52 6/4/2019
Today, two star Michelin chef and 25 year veteran of the Los Angeles gourmet dining scene Chef Josiah Citrin joins the podcast. You wont want to miss out as Chef Citrin tells why the Michelin guide's return to California is bittersweet for him. Josiah even takes the time to explain what the star rating are supposed to signify in Michelin's guide. Richard also inquires about the techniques and details that Josiah brought into the more casual Charcoal Venice. Remember to join us on social @Starving4pod!
01:04:45 5/28/2019
Today, Runner up on season 12 of Top Chef and Executive chef of Departure, Chef Gregory Gourdet catches up with Richard in his adopted hometown of Portland Oregon. Join in the laughs as Richard and Gregory talk about the uniqueness of the city and any influences it may have had on him or his food. Gregory talks about wanting another chance at Top Chef while Richard lends his insight on training techniques. Chef Gourdet even opens up about his TED talk on recovery and how the service industry can be a particularly difficult place for it. Remember to join us on social @Starving4pod!
01:18:17 5/21/2019
Today we see Richard and Jazmin flying solo again as they examine the restaurant perspective on Mother's Day brunch, spoiler alert Richard isn't a fan. The duo then takes time to look at the value of awards in the wake of the James Beard awards and after the Michelin Guide announced they are returning to Los Angeles. Richard even gives his take on the recent Chopped parody on SNL. And of course don't forget to join us on social @Staring4Pod!
00:46:00 5/14/2019
Today's episode delves into the stigmas of fine dining after Richard and Jazmin made a visit to The French Laundry in celebration of Jazmin's birthday! Using their recent experience as reference, they combat the preconceptions of fine dining to explain how you too can find value.
01:05:19 5/7/2019
Richard and Jazmin catch up with Celebrity Chef and two time Fan Favorite on Top Chef (seasons 10, 14) Sheldon Simeon at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event! Sheldon explains how this event marks his first time away since opening his new restaurant Lineage. Richard and Sheldon bond over their shared paths to Top Chef as well as the competitive drive that made them go back for more. And Chef Simeon talks about how the history of the Hawaiian islands led to the first fusion cuisines before the concept was even invented.
01:20:48 4/30/2019
Richard and Jazmin catch up with founder of Eggslut, star of The Burger Show and possible Guru Alvin Cailan at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Event. Richard asks Alvin about getting outside his comfort zone with the growth of Eggslut, Alvin talks about his passion for the food trumping his reluctance for stardom with The Burger Show, and Alvin shares the reasons behind his three month rule for new employees.
01:21:39 4/23/2019
Richard and Jazmin catch up with two members of "Trashfish" Chefs Silvia Barban and Gerald Sombright from Top Chef season 14 at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event. After kicking it off talking about the growing trend of caviar bumps in the intro, Richard and Jazmin inquire about the unofficial group name and the camaraderie Silva and Gerald helped create with their cast-mates on season 14. The resurgence of Ripe or Hype lets us know if Chefs Barban and Sombright cook the same at home as they do at work. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
01:23:07 4/16/2019
Richard catches up with celebrity chef, restaurateur, and tv personality Maneet Chauhan in Nashville! Join in the fun as Maneet talks about the changes in her diet that have helped her get healthier, they Chop it up about her experiences judging tv cooking competitions, and Maneet shares the joys and struggles of balancing the demanding schedule of a celebrity chef with the demands of being a mother. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
01:10:36 4/9/2019
Richard hangs out with Chef Chris Bianco who preaches about how he stuck to a narrow lane to become a master pizza maker, Chris talks about the shock of learning the politics of food when he started in the business, and we find out who his preferred collaborators are in a game called, "Chris Bianco and CO." Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
01:06:20 4/2/2019
On this episode Richard hangs out with 2 of the 5 founders of the Jackson Hole Food and Wine festivals, Megan Gallagher & Haynes Oakley! Richard has fun asking the ladies to rate the difficulty level of handling the events and personalities at the festival like a piste, we find out how common it is to walk into someone else's house in Jackson Hole, and the tables are turned as Richard becomes the interviewee! Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
00:58:17 3/26/2019
Richard hangs out with legend of the food world restaurateur Drew Nieporent at the Jackson Hole Food and Wine Winterfest. Listen in as Drew shares his insight from years as a successful restaurateur and traveling to events, Richard and Drew exchange stories about meeting comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and Drew even talks about working with Robert De Niro. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
01:17:11 3/19/2019
In the introduction Richard takes a moment to button up last week's topic before things get crazy when Richard and Jazmin are joined in a jam packed studio with Chefs Esdras Ochoa, Antonia Lofaso and Aarti Sequeira. Listen in as Antonia explains the meaning behind the term Sancho, finding the right ingredients for Esdras' new restaurant in Mumbai India, and as Taco King Esdras presides over the joint efforts of the room to build a "unique" taco. Remember to join us on social @Starving4Pod!
01:05:00 3/12/2019
Richard and Jazmin take a look at the events leading up to the dispute between Iron Chef Cat Cora and Alinea that resulted in her flipping off the staff, Richard and Jazmin each give their perspective on the misunderstanding along with the subsequent social media fall out, and in the end find the very social media post they've discussed taken down. Remember to join us on our own social @Starving4pod!
00:45:00 3/5/2019

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