What is Chef Richard Blais' net worth? 'Top Chef Amateurs' judge started his career at McDonald's

What is Chef Richard Blais' net worth? 'Top Chef Amateurs' judge started his career at McDonald's
'Top Chef Amateurs' judge Richard Blais (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Looking for something deliciously new to binge on? 'Top Chef Amateurs' is what you need! Bravo's latest show sees amateur cooks fight it out to prove their culinary prowess. However, the show comes with an exciting twist. Each of the competing chefs will be assisted by 'Top Chef' alumni, who are also a part of a rotating judges panel this season.

If you are looking for other culinary shows to check out, you might want to consider 'MasterChef Legends', 'The Chef Show', 'Chopped Junior' and 'BBQ Brawl'.


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Who is Chef Richard Blais?

Chef Richard Blais is a restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality. He was born in Uniondale, New York. His first cooking job was at a McDonald's outlet on Long Island, where he learned how a kitchen functions. He went to receive an associates degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America.

He later studied under chefs Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Daniel Boulud and Ferran Adrià and trained at restaurants Chez Panisse and elBulli.


He is the winner of 'Top Chef: All-Stars'

Blais joined the 'Top Chef' family when he participated in Season 4 of the show. Blais had quite the stellar run, seeing that he made it all the way to the finals and was the runner-up alongside Lisa Fernandes. However, they both lost to Stephanie Izard. Blais took on the competition yet again in 2010 when he competed in 'Top Chef: All-Stars'.

Blais proved to be tough competition the second time around and made it to the top, ultimately winning the show. He later returned to the show as a judge in Seasons 12, 13 and 18. Apart from 'Top Chef', he has also competed on 'Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage' and 'Guy's Grocery Games', and later went on to be a judge on both the series. He has also been a recurring judge on 'Masterchef' and 'Masterchef Junior' as well as hosted shows such as 'Cook Your Ass Off', 'Man v. Master', 'Hungry Games' and 'Halloween Baking'.


What is his net worth?

As reported by Celebrity Net Worth, Blais' net worth is $5M. Pacific reported back in 2017 that Blais owned a 2,500-square-foot property in California, complete with a 'Top Chef' worthy home kitchen and a state of the art home bar. 

Apart from his TV career, he owns and operates Trail Blais. This culinary consultation company has worked with restaurants such as Flip Burger Boutique, Crack Shack and Juniper & Ivy in Southern California. He is also the chef at Ember & Rye at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.


On 'Top Chef Amateurs', Blais makes a comeback as part of the 'Top Chef' alum to help the amateur cooks by assisting them in the kitchen as they race against the clock while tackling challenges. He will also be a part of the judge's panel this season, alongside Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde and Isaac Toups.

Catch Bravo's 'Top Chef Amatuers' on July 1, 2021, at 9/8c. 

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