Food Court with Richard Blais

Food Court with Richard Blais

Deep dish vs. thin crust? Hamburgers vs. hot dogs? Creamy peanut butter vs. crunchy? Welcome to the high-energy, game-show-style podcast Food Court, where celebrity chef Richard Blais (Top Chef, MasterChef, etc.) presides over his guests – comedians, writers, chefs – to debate opposing viewpoints. After a trivia lightning round, each guest will argue passionately why their position is the best as well as the opportunity to explain why their opponent’s stance is The Absolute Worst. It’s comedy meets culinary and by the end of each episode, Richard Blais will act as ultimate judge to settle these timeless arguments once and for all. Who wants pineapple on their pizza, anyway?


December 20, 2022 44 min

Happy Holidays to our Food Court fans! And what better way to celebrate Hanukkah (or Christmas or Tuesday or whatever you're doing this week) than this very special episode featuring Seth Rogen (The Fablemans) and Lauren Miller Rogen (Like Father) discussing the world of mayonnaise based salads. The salads that make a deli a deli. Seth hates them, Lauren loves them, and that's how a Food Court is made. 

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Season 3 is winding down but we're going out with a bang and not a whimper. This week friends and podcast co-hosts Busy Philipps (Girls 5Eva, Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best, Cougar Town) and Caissie St. Onge (Busy Philipps is Doing Her Best, Busy Tonight, Watch What Happens) had a hard time coming up with something argue about but then came up with this: butter pecan vs. mint chocolate chip ice cream. Which one of these ice cr...

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December 6, 2022 39 min

When we first started recording in early 2020, a guest was lined up who was excited to dig into the chicken sandwich wars but then covid shutdown came and the war on chicken sandwiches ended and the episode never happened. Cut to almost three years later and the topic is back! Chef Pyet DeSpain (Next Level Chef) is here to defend the Chic-fil-A chicken sandwich while Chef Nekia Allen is arguing in favor of Popeye's. Pickle brin...

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November 29, 2022 42 min

Every season someone brings an "I love this" vs an "I hate this" take. Season 1 brought us loving cilantro vs. hating cilantro and then season 2 brought us the infamous loving butter vs. hating butter and now here we are in season 3 with another spicy (or not spicy depending on your taste) take. Does spicy food have a place? Chef and author Wylie Dufresne is unashamed to say that he thinks spicy food is bad and over...

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November 15, 2022 37 min

Wow wow wow, as we approach the holiday season Chef Carla Hall is here to throw down for savory cornbread against her friend, fellow cook and writer, Chadwick Boyd, who is totally okay with a little extra sugar in the mix. Carla does NOT add extra sugar in her recipe and she has the evidence to prove it. This is a Food Court to remember with Carla going into a trance that cannot be broken by any mere bell,  Chadwick overcoming a du...

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November 8, 2022 32 min

This week in the Food Court we have two podcasters, lovers of the art of arguing and friends: Matt Frederick (Stuff They Don't Want You to Know) and Alex Williams (Ephemeral) take on the topic of dark beer vs. light beer. Which one is tastiest? Which one attracts the most snobs? Which one has notes of peanut butter? Which one did your grandpa drink? We have something called a tongue drum (seriously), learn that something called...

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November 1, 2022 40 min

Today in the Food Court with Richard Blais we have a case of two cereals. Comedian and writer, Ashley Ray, is truly passionate about hot cereals of all kinds while her friend and fellow comedian/writer, Babs Gray, is equally passionate about a simple bowl of cold cereal.  It's instant oats vs marshmallow stars, it's congee vs corn flakes and it's all going down TODAY in the Food Court. 

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October 25, 2022 42 min

Today in the Food Court we have comedian and writer, Marcy Jarreau (Brooklyn 99), here all the way from the Bayou to defend her beloved popcorn shrimp. Her friend, Michael McMillian (True Blood / My Crazy Ex-Girlfeiend), is from the midwest and here to tell us all that popcorn chicken is actually the best popcorned food. It gets verrrry personal and Richard also takes this opportunity to talk to actors about the auditioning process...

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October 18, 2022 44 min

It's a family food feud in the Food Court this week! Cousins Manolo and Sandra Vergara are in the studio (our first fully in-studio episode since March 2020!) to argue soft vs crunchy tacos. Many great side topics come up in this one including the Taco Bell menu, Julia Child, international chips, the best red carpet snacks, Oreos and even Abercrombie and Fitch of all things in the year 2022 somehow. In the end I think we can al...

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October 14, 2022 10 min

Richard was having so much fun with Ophira and Josh that they did this fun bit of bonus content. Listen to find out snap opinions on several food topics in a quick game we are calling Snack Attack! 

Josh, I see that you've added "year round ice coffee drinker" to your twitter bio. Or has a it always been there?!

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October 11, 2022 51 min

This week in the Food Court we have two incredible comedians and coffee connoisseurs here to fight the battle between hot and iced coffee. Ophira Eisenberg veteran of NPR's Ask Me Another, the Moth and the new podcast Parenting is a Joke, is taking the position of hot coffee with a side of "is iced coffee even coffee?!?" while comedian and writer Josh Gondelman (Desus and Mero, Last Week Tonight and more) is here to say...

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October 3, 2022 35 min

Jordan Runtagh and Alex Heigl from the Too Much Information podcast are here to argue the virtues of dark and milk chocolate. It's a very good episode all the way through but the rebuttals in this one are a thing of beauty. <chef's kiss> literally. Enjoy this epic throwdown! 

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September 27, 2022 40 min

We're back! So sorry about the delay. What even is time anymore?  Do not fret though because we are back with a BANG!

On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge is faced with a doozy of a debate. What's better- crispy or chewy cookies? And two people who are as good at talking as they are at cooking are here to lay it all out. John Kanell of the Preppy Kitchen is defending the honor of crispy cookies while C...

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April 12, 2022 1 min

Have you ever wondered how our whole song goes? Please enjoy the full Food Court theme song in all its glory. Arranged and preformed by Jason NeSmith with lyrics by Christopher Hassiotis wayyyy back in 2020 but most of its debate predictions have come true.

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July 27, 2021 36 min

In the season two finale of Food Court with Richard Blais Richard is faced with two old friends with a score to settle. Food writers, critics and podcast hosts Jennifer Zyman (The Food that Binds) and Mara Davis (Sounds Delicious) are here to argue which is better? The old standby; buffalo wings or the scrappy upstart; lemon pepper wings. Two cities enter, but only one will leave victorious.... which one will it be??

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July 20, 2021 44 min

On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge will have to decide a very regional debate. In NY/NJ delis and bodegas egg and cheese sandwiches are a way of life; but what defines these popular sandwiches? Chris Gethard (Beautiful/Anonymous, The Chris Gethard Show) is here to argue that the parameters are very specific while Hallie Bulleit (Punk News podcast) thinks it's more loosey goosey, and she can do what she w...

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July 13, 2021 38 min

On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais two longtime friends and co-hosts of The Kitchen, Geoffrey Zakarian and Jeff Mauro, break it down and get into the meat of this debate- what's the best? White meat or dark meat? Richard has his work cut out for him while he fights to get a word in. Do these two even hear the gavel? Tune in to find out!

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This week on Food Court with Richard Blais two friends? Enemies? Frenemies? And co-stars on the hot Netflix series Cobra Kai, Dan Ahdoot and Bret Ernst, are here to argue about peanut butter but they could really argue about anything (and have a great time doing it!).

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June 29, 2021 35 min

On this installment of Food Court with Richard Blais Caroline and Cristen, hosts of Unladylike Podcast, are here to say that when you have to choose between soup and salad, there is only one true choice. They just can't agree on which one is the right one so Richard will have to decide.

And the "you may remember me from" line was a reference to Lionel Hutz from the Simpsons, for the record.

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June 22, 2021 38 min

Today in the Food Court with Richard Blais two incredible chefs debate the merits of a condiment that kids love to put on chicken nuggets. Amanda Freitag is a chef who is willing to go to bat for her favorite condiment, ketchup, while Marc Murphy is here to say absolutely not, mustard all the way. One guest even pulls out props*.... despite podcasting not being a visual medium. This episode is serious business.

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