Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Meeting 'Top Chef: All-Stars' Champion Richard Blais

Top Chef fans, be very jealous.

On a recent getaway weekend to Chicago, my cohorts and I happened upon the Chipotle Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park. Besides the to-be-expected beer, burritos and folk music, there was a tent set up for cooking demonstrations, including one by Top Chef Season 4 runner-up and Top Chef All-Stars champion Richard Blais! Though we sadly missed the demonstration (click here to watch a clip of it), our mission was clear: find Blais and shower him with praise.

Somewhere between the $8 truffles and the goat pen, my friend Arestia gasped and gestured over to a mohawk on the move. It could only be one person, and there was no time to think before Arestia grabbed my hand and threw her camera at Please Welcome Your Judges legal consultant and cameraman Chris.

I wish I could say that I'm someone who acts totally cool around celebrities, but once Blais agreed to take a picture with us, I'm pretty sure I crammed an entire paragraph about how much I love him into about three seconds. I did manage, however, to stop for a second to smile for the picture above.

Amidst all my babbling, I should've asked him for Carla Hall's number.

[Image Source: Please Welcome Your Judges]
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