Thursday, January 24, 2008

Richard Blais and one other Atlanta chef to appear on 'Top Chef'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Laurah was kind enough to alert us to this. It seems the rumors were true, and Blais will in fact appear on the new season of "Top Chef," ice cream hair and all.

Well, we all knew that was the case. More interesting to me was the other Atlanta contestant, a woman named Nimma, who is listed on the "Top Chef" website as "chef at Repast." That's funny, I thought, seeing as Joe Truex and his wife Mihoko Obunai are the chef/owners of Repast. I called Truex, and sure enough, he wasn't aware that he had competition for title as chef at his restaurant. In fact, Nimma no longer works at Repast, and when she did, she worked the salad station.

Now I'm not one of those purists that believes a person needs formal culinary training to warrant the title of "chef," but surely the word should not be thrown around this lightly?

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