As one of the most popular contestants on Top Chef, Chef Richard Blaise has continued his success in the culinary world. While often seen as the “scientific” chef using a plethora of liquid nitrogen, molecular gastronomy and even an MRE bag (remember that episode), Chef Blais is a quite an accomplished culinary mind. With stints in kitchens like El Bulli, this chef personality is more than just a bag of tricks. At this year’s International Home and Housewares Show, Chef Blais talked about cooking, family time and how often you may see him on television.
As both a parent and a chef, Chef Blais understands that families need convenient meals that appeal to all members of the family. As spokesperson for Black + Decker, Chef Blais showed how the countertop pizza oven and the food processor makes kitchen prep and cooking quick and easy.
Creating a simple, yet elevated appetizer, Chef Blais’s dish was completed in a matter of minutes. The Black + Decker Performance Series Countertop Convection Oven offers convenience cooking. With the “Expert Temp” technology even the most novice chef can cook a delicious meal. For families wanting quick cooking, the “Turbo” setting uses max power to cook foods fast.
The appetizer itself was easy to prepare. With prepared pastry dough and flavorful filling, the appetizer would impress any guest. No one would have to know the ease of preparation. From start to finish, the Chef Blais appetizer went to prep to finish in mere minutes. Even the most novice chef could look like his favorite television chef personality.
In addition to the Black + Decker Performance Series Countertop Convection, Chef Blais demoed the Black + Decker food processor. Both home cooks and trained chefs understand the importance of symmetrical knife cuts and quick preparation. The Black + Decker food processor can make quick work of chopping, dicing and preparing ingredients for many dishes. From a quick salsa to prep for a more complex dish, the machine makes quick work of the kitchen prep. Chef Blais even shared a secret that many cooking shows have help from tools like a food processor. With help, the home chef could mimic the delicious creations from popular television cooking celebrities.
Besides highlighting the Black + Decker products Chef Blais shared some of his thoughts on family dinners, food inspirations and food television. As a parent, Chef Blais talked about family dinners. Even this highly acclaimed chef can struggle with getting his kids to eat different dishes. Chef Blais mentioned how getting kids involved in the kitchen can help them enjoy food more. Yes, even a professional chef can benefit a little parental silence (like not telling his daughter all the ingredients in her favorite pasta). But, the important item to remember is the fun, time and memories spent as a family around the table.
Chef Blais balances his family item with a busy professional career. With numerous television appearances, like on Top Chef and the Food Network, Chef Blais has several restaurants and is working on a new cookbook. The upcoming cookbook will balance innovative cooking techniques with inventive food choices. Fans of Chef Blais will appreciate his wit, insight and culinary approach.
While your family may not be breaking out the liquid nitrogen to make some ice cream or eating uni pasta, your family can use the same Black + Decker kitchen appliances that your favorite Top Chef Richard Blais uses. With a little kitchen inspiration, your family may become the top chef in your neighborhood.