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?

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July 27, 2021 61 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??


**NOTE** Apolog...

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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 61 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!

Please check out Geoffrey's new podcast Four Courses where he interviews hi...

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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 43 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 46 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.


*Amanda pulled out a ...

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June 15, 2021 47 min

On this installment of Food Court with Richard Blais podcaster and journalist Robert Evans (Behind the Bastards, After the Revolution) goes up against longtime friend and collaborator, podcaster and rapper Propaganda (Hood Politics, Red Couch Podcast, Behind the Insurrections) in a case to determine whether or not butter is nasty or tasty. Is it a miracle or a curse? This one is a doozy!


Prop's new book Terraform: Build A Better...

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June 8, 2021 45 min

This week in the Food Court with Richard Blais two comedians (and supposed friends), Atsuko Okatsuka and Danielle Perez, go head to head in a no-holds-barred fight between pancakes and waffles. These two are not afraid to make it personal and make us all laugh.


RIP Siete Mares, the amazing fish tacos place that Danielle shouted out that closed during Covid.


**NOTE** There were some technically difficulties with this one and I had t...

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June 1, 2021 44 min

This week in the Food Court with Richard Blais we have host of the Storytime podcast, Will McFadden , arguing with actor Eric Artell about donuts. Which is the best; yeast donuts or cake donuts? Dang, now I really want a donut.

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May 25, 2021 46 min

Today on Food Court with Richard Blais we have two powerhouse women (who also happen to be good friends) are here to argue about fudgey and delectable brownies. Chef Brooke Williamson (Playa Provisions) is arguing for the brownie centers while Author Ellen Bennett (founder of Hedley and Bennett) is here to defend the honor of those crispy brownie edges. Richard has his work cut out for him when his longtime friends continue to igno...

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May 18, 2021 43 min

On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais two incredible food writers who are ready to find out once and for all- is the best sandwich a hot sandwich or a cold sandwich?* Farley Elliott, Senior Editor at Eater LA, takes on Stephanie Breijo a food writer who writes for the LA Times and Time Out. It's writer vs writer, friend vs friend and sandwich vs sandwich. A lot of great points will be made but who will win? Listen an...

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May 11, 2021 46 min

It's the season 2 premiere of Food Court with Richard Blais and Dan Pashman (the Sporkful) is here to tell Evan Kleiman (KCRW's Good Food), and the rest of the world, that spaghetti is the worst pasta shape but mafalde, a pasta shape few have even heard of, is the best. Last year Dan and Evan set out on a quest to create a new pasta shape and along the way Dan came to the realization that he just hates spaghetti but Evan co...

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In this installment of BONUS CONTENT on Food Court with Richard Blais we cover a lot of bases from movies to cooking for a Prince. Past guests include Mark Rennie, John Flynn, Amy Rhodes, Julie Brister, Derrick and Kimberly Fox, Korama Danquah and Dana Schwartz!

Get ready because new episodes start going live next week!

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Food Court with Richard Blais is back and better than ever. New episodes will start posting next week!

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In this installment of BONUS CONTENT on Food Court with Richard Blais we learn what annoys our guests and even what annoys our host. Past guests Mark Rennie, John Flynn, Amy Rhodes, Julie Brister, Katherine Spiers, Josh Scherer, Nyesha Arrington and Catherine McCord make an appearance!

John Flynn would like you all to know that he said "Cravings" was the cookbook when it was actually "Jubilee" that he had the incred...

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In this installment of Bonus Content of the Food Court with Richard Blais past guests discuss what their most favorite and least favorite foods are, share food stories, share cooking fails and drop a few bombs. Top Chef alums Melissa King and Gregory Gourdet get into their least favorite foods and one is a doozy, the court is still recovering.

Past guests include: Esther Ku, Heather Fink, Anney Reese, Lauren Vogelbaum, Melissa King,...

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Food Court with Richard Blais will start posting new episodes in May but to tide you over, here is some bonus content. In this installment some past guests talk about their favorite things to eat at the craft services table*.

GUESTS INCLUDE: Julie Brister, Amy Rhodes, Andy Beckerman, Naomi Ekperigin, Andrew Ti, Cody Ziglar, Betsy Stover and Jessica Elaina Eason.

*The craft services table is a table of snacks that exists on sets where...

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September 1, 2020 46 min

Today in the Food Court with Richard Blais our judge has to decide between two perfect foods that sustain the world. How does he do it?? Chef Melissa King (Top Chef) is here to defend rice as the most perfect food she can imagine while her good friend, and fellow Top Chef alum, Chef Gregory Gourdet thinks noodles are somehow even better than rice. In the Food Court season one finale our judge has his work cut out for him but you...

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August 25, 2020 39 min

In this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais the judge must decide which friend is right and which friend is wrong in the epic battle of hot dogs vs. hamburgers. Food Network star and cookbook author Justin Warner is here to fight for his beloved hamburgers while restaurant critic and Food Network judge, Troy Johnson, is in the court to fight for the underdog, the noble hot dog. Sure, you could have both but what fun is that? I...

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Today on Food Court with Richard Blais our judge will have to decide between two moms out here doing their best to get food into their kids. Comedian, actress and the co-host of Why Mommy Drinks podcast, Betsy Stover (American Princess), thinks that eating breakfast for dinner is chaos and must be stopped. Meanwhile her friend, writer actress and improvisor, Jessica Elaina Eason (The Big Show, The Baby-Sitters Club), thinks breakfa...

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