Prepare your palates for liquid nitrogen and molecular gastronomy. Richard Blais might be coming to town.
The "Top Chef All-Stars" winner, author and science-inspired foodie is rumored to be opening a restaurant in the Bay Area. Recent reports show the cheflebrity is even house hunting nearby.
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Blais is nothing if not already very busy. He currently owns two restaurants in Atlanta, the Spence and Flip Burger Boutique chain, and he's on tour promoting his new cookbook. In his spare time, he hosts a YouTube digital show called Burger Lab.
Moving across the country isn't a far-fetched idea. Blais got his start at Bay Area establishments like Chez Panisse and The French Laundry. In a recent interview with Zagat, he confessed his love for the West Coast when asked about bringing his businesses elsewhere.
"I wouldn't necessarily expand a concept that we have already, but there are some places that I certainly love," Blais told Zagat. "I also have a strong passion for anything up and down the West Coast, San Diego all the way up to Seattle. "
The TV star would be in good company if he set up shop in San Francisco. We rounded up some of the "Top Chef" alums with restaurants in the Bay Area below:
Season Four<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/chef-ryan-scott_n_1389850.html" target="_blank"> charmer Ryan Scott</a> piloted the 3 Sum Eats food truck. He now operates<a href="http://www.marketandrye.com/eat.html" target="_blank"> Market & Rye</a>, a fresh salad and sandwich shop.
Yigit Pura, Top Chef Just Desserts' first winner, opened <a href="http://www.toutsweetsf.com/press/" target="_blank">Tout Sweet</a> in Macy's in Union Square. The patisserie offers a modern take on French sweets.
Season Four's Erik Hopfinger is taking brunch to a new heights at <a href="http://www.novabar.com/brunch.html" target="_blank">Nova Bar and Restaurant</a> in SoMa. The menu features a selection of more than eight different Benedict's.
Traci des Jardins
Top Chef Masters Contestant<a href="http://tracidesjardins.com/" target="_blank"> Traci des Jardins</a> operates three San Francisco icons including Jardiniere at the civic center, operates At&T's Park's Public House and Mijita, a mexican joint with locations at AT&T park and the Ferry Building.
Famed Top Chef Masters alum and frequent Top Chef judge Hubert Keller owns <a href="http://www.hubertkeller.com/restaurants/fleur-de-lys-contacts.html" target="_blank"> Fleur de Lys and Burger Bar.</a>
Season Five's Scallop Queen Jamie Lauren has worked behind the scenes two San Francisco eateries. She formerly served as the executive chef at Absinthe. Last November, she <a href="http://sanfrancisco.grubstreet.com/2012/10/hi-tops-gay-sports-bar-castro-jamie-lauren-chef.html" target="_blank">acted as a consulting chef at </a>at <a href="http://hitopssf.com/" target="_blank">Hi Tops</a>, a gay sports bar in the Castro.
Top Chef Masters champion Chris Cosentino is the chef behind <a href="http://incanto.biz/about-us/" target="_blank">Incanto </a>in Noe Valley. An avid supporter of the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, Cosentino prides himself on using local ingredients. Cosentino is also the co-owner of <a href="http://www.boccalone.com/" target="_blank">Boccalone</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/elizabeth-falkner-next-iron-chef_n_1158234.html" target="_blank">Famous San Francisco culinary star</a> and Top Chef Masters Season One contestant Elizabeth Falkner was the driving force behind the recently closed<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/orson-san-francisco" target="_blank">Orson</a> and <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Citizen-Cake-s-Elizabeth-Falkner-leaving-for-N-Y-3603021.php" target="_blank">Citizen Cake,</a>. Falkner switched coasts to launch a new project in New York.
Top Chef Seattle contestant <a href="http://elizabethbinder.com/" target="_blank">Elizabeth Binder </a>resides in Napa. She is the former executive chef of <a href="http://www.barbambino.com/" target="_blank">Bar Bambino</a>.
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