We all know how overwhelming it can be to cook and bake during the holidays, especially in the midst of marathon shopping trips, gift wrapping, and tree trimming. Everyone is in the same boat, toting treats to parties, preparing for big holiday feasts with family, and probably wishing they knew a few secrets to making it all less stressful. This morning I had the opportunity to interview a chef who graciously offered some help. Chef and restaurateur Richard Blais, a favorite from Bravo’s “Top Chef: Chicago,” is known for creating the most delicious of dishes using global ingredients and modern cooking methods. During our conversation, sponsored by LG Electronics, Chef Blais shared his tips for organization, do-ahead preparations, and must-have appliances for cooking like a pro during the holiday season!
About Chef Richard Blais: Richard Blais is a recipient of Gayot Guide’s ‘Top Five Rising Chefs of 2005,’ and has appeared on BRAVO’s Emmy Award winning series ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Top Chef Masters’ and on the Food Network’s ‘Iron Chef America’ and ‘Food Detectives’. He has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and Food & Wine Magazine for his creative take on American food. He resides in Atlanta with his wife and daughter. For more, visit: www.richardblais.net. -Andrea Mitchell, Foodista staff and blogger at CanYouStayForDinner.com