Other notable Twitter users took aim at Blais’ hair during the season premiere of Top Chef. After all, it was such an easy — and big — target. Ryan O’Connell tweeted a GIF that showed Blais walking onto the Top Chef set, a few inches behind his slouching pompadour. O’Connell tweeted, “The always innovative Richard Blais with the reverse mullet. Risk-taker.” Mike Ganino wanted to know, “Is @RichardBlais the new chef in the Capitol City in the next Hunger Games?”
Twitter user Ali McCarty had a generous take on Blais’ new hairdo: “Who knew that Richard Blais’ hair would be the secret ingredient during the pandemic that we all needed?”
Blais took all the needling in good fun, even retweeting all the tweets mentioned here. Blais was announced a while back as one of several guest judges appearing on season 18 of Top Chef (via Variety). Blais is a past winner of Top Chef All Stars, according to his website. He has served as a judge on MasterChef, Guy’s Grocery Games, and Cutthroat Kitchen; and he has hosted the Food Network’s Halloween Baking Championship.