Richard Blais is an American Chef, television personality, restaurateur and author. He appeared on the reality show cooking show Top Chef, and is known for his take on classic American cuisine. Blais was the runner-up for the fourth season of Top Chef and returned several seasons later to win Top Chef: All-Stars. He attended The Culinary Institute of America and has studied under chefs Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Daniel Boulud, and Ferran Adrià. He also trained at restaurants Chez Panisse and elBulli. He owns & operates Trail Blais, a forward-thinking culinary company that has consulted on, designed & operated popular eateries. He also has a podcast, 'Starving for Attention,' and a books, Try this At Home and So Good.