Written by Samuel Thornhill


Citi Taste of Tennis kicks off 2018 with a proverbial culinary bang! James Beard nominated Chef Richard Blais, best known as the winner of Bravo’s Top Shelf All-Stars, is slated to be the headlining chef at our kickoff event in Indian Wells. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Blais went on to cook for a plethora of influential chefs, in some of the most hallowed kitchens in the culinary world; Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Chef Daniel Boulud at Daniel, Chef Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and Chef Ferran Adria at el Bulli.

With a pedigree like this, it’s no wonder that Chef Blais has parlayed his ubiquitous success as a chef, into becoming an acclaimed restauranteur, cookbook author, culinary lifestyle influencer, and sought after TV personality. Not bad for a guy who’s cooking career started at McDonalds. With the help of his favorite cookbook, “Nose To Tail” by Fergus Henderson, Richard’s palate has evolved quite nicely since his days as Poissonier In Chief. Whether it’s grubbing on stuffed clams with lemon juice, scarfing down a Japanese omurice omelette, or grilling nice big steaks in the backyard of his San Diego abode, Chef Blais knows a little something about tending to needy appetites. Lucky for those who’ll be visiting Indian Wells to get the full Richard Blais experience.