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?... Show More

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September 1, 2020 44 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 37 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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August 21, 2020 1 min

Through cooking and conversation, chef Esther Choi dives deep into the rich world of Korean-American culture. Esther invites guests to open up as she cooks their favorite Korean dishes, drawing on traditional family recipes she’s refined at her restaurants Mŏkbar and Ms. Yoo. Esther and her guest dive into topics ranging from food to family, from K-pop to K-dramas, and from fashion to sexuality, plastic surgery, adoption and more –...

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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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On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais, Richard has to determine which appetizer reigns supreme. Which fried app stands above all the rest on the platter of various fried things that comes on an apps platter? Comedian Esther Ku is in the court to defend mozzarella sticks, a very strong choice in the ring. Going up against Esther we have writer and filmmaker Heather Fink who thinks fried calamari is the ultimate app. Who w...

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August 4, 2020 43 min

This week on Food Court with Richard Blais our judge must decide between two golden, crispy, delicious, perfect... fries. Two delectable sides to any burger, two amazing accompaniments to any BLT, two sidekicks who are versatile enough to become the star... but today there can only be. ONE winner. Writer and podcaster (Popcorn Book Club, Noble Blood) Dana Schwartz has decided to be the Clarence Darrow of food court and take the und...

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July 28, 2020 39 min

This week on Food Court with Richard Blais the hosts of the podcast Two Old Queens have brought a fast food case fit for a drive thru. Comedian and writer Mark Rennie believes that McDonald's is the iconic choice whereas actor and writer John Flynn would rather have it his way over at Burger King. This one's a Whopper folks (or a Big Mac, I'm not playing favorites). Tune in to find out who wins- will it be the clown or...

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July 21, 2020 41 min

Today in the Food Court with Richard Blais we have the case of the bones and do you want your chicken wings with or without them. Host of the "Yo, is this Racist?" podcast we have writer Andrew Ti here to plead the case for the classic chicken wings. Going up against him, with the decidedly underdog take, we have young upstart and co-host of the Dark Weeb podcast, Andrew's friend Cody Ziglar. Who will reign victorious? ...

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On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge settles a case for a couple in quarantine who need a third party's opinion. From the podcast Couples Therapy, real life couple Naomi Ekperigin (Two Dope Queens, Mythic Quest) and Andy Beckerman (Beginnings Podcast) have very different opinions on condiments; namely, does food ever need them? Naomi is a strong believer where as Andy thinks they're messy and unnecessa...

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July 7, 2020 33 min

In this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais he takes on a case made for these hot summer days - what's the best ice cream? Chocolate or vanilla? But these aren't just any defendants in the courtroom today, these are his kids and the stakes have never been higher. Please go to Richard's instagram account to weigh in on who you thought won the case!


**NOTE- this was recorded inside their home, during the shelter in pl...

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On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge has to decide between two classic breakfast items - the breakfast burrito and the breakfast sandwich. Married couple Kimberly (actress) and Derrick (chef) Fox are sick of fighting about it and are ready for a third party to settle this one and for all. How will Richard decide between these two perfect foods? Tune in to find out!


**NOTE** This episode was filmed before the sh...

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June 23, 2020 39 min

In this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge must decide between two tasty and delectable tortillas. You might be thinking, why not get one of each? But this is the Food Court and it's all or nothing so get outta here with that accommodating opinion. Comedian and writer Rekha Shankar thinks the obvious choice is flour tortillas while fellow comedian and writer Mike Trapp thinks corn tortillas are not only healthi...

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June 16, 2020 39 min

This week on the Food Court with Richard Blais we have two writers and podcasters who disagree on a very basic human need; water. Humans need water to live but which water would you rather drink- regular water or water with bubbles? Flat or fizzy? Still or sparkling? Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Lani Younes of Ethnically Ambigious don't care how you say it but they feel strongly about how you drink it.


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June 2, 2020 35 min

The case being brought to the Food Court with Richard Blais this week is one of chili and do you think beans are okay in it or do you think they're completely and totally unacceptable? Well cake-master Duff Goldman thinks they're against everything chili stands for while his wife Johnna thinks beans help make chili into a complete meal. This episode was recorded remotely during self quarantine where the two have had ample t...

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On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais comedian Melanie Maras has brought the case of movie theater snacks and that she believes popcorn is the only choice. Her friend and fellow comedian Ariel Kashanchi thinks candy offers variety and fun flavors that popcorn just can't compete with. How will our judge decide?? Listen to find out!


NOTE- this was recorded in February, before sheltering in place, when being in the same ...

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In this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge will hear two culinary powerhouses debate the merits of Girl Scout cookies. Chef Nyesha Arrington is arguing in favor of Thin Mints while cookbook author Catherine McCord is going to bat for her beloved Samoas. Luckily, listeners at home can eat whatever cookie they want while they listen to this epic throw down.

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May 12, 2020 36 min

On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais our judge is tasked with choosing between two beloved and cherished pizza types. Comedian James Heaney has come to court to argue passionately in favor of deep dish pizza while his friend and fellow comedian Jackie Schwarz, who lived in Chicago for four years, is here to argue in favor of New York style. No matter what, one thing is for certain, a whole lot of people are going to dis...

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On this episode of Food Court with Richard Blais, two long-time friends, comedians, actors and writers Julie Brister and Amy Rhodes throw down in a cilantro debate. They may agree on a lot of things but they simply cannot agree on cilantro so Judge Richard will have to settle this once and for all.

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April 28, 2020 32 min

In the Food Court this week Judge Richard Blais has to settle the case of coffee and whether or not it should cost more than $2. Comedian and writer Teresa Lee has very strong opinions on this one even if it may be unpopular to admit. Going up against her is California chef Bradley Miller who is down with expensive coffee and doesn't care who knows it. Who will win? You have to listen to find out!

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April 21, 2020 29 min

In this episode Judge Richard Blais will have to settle the case of cake vs. pie. Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum of the iHeart food history/science/culture podcast Savor have done their research, they have their receipts and they're ready to settle this once and for all. What will it be America? Cake or pie?

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