Top Chef All-Star Winner Richard Blais Talks Plastics

Chef seasoning food in a professional kitchen

Plastics Make it Possible® is teaming up with culinary innovator Richard Blais at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) to highlight the integral role plastics play in food preparation, packaging, and sustainability.

Perhaps most recognizable as the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Blais has a unique talent for using modern science to reinvent classic dishes. His innovative approach to cooking led to the establishment of his culinary company Trail Blais, which has consulted on, designed, and operated some of Atlanta’s most popular eateries. Through live demonstrations on TV programs and at the Plastics Make it Possible® Festival booth, Blais will showcase the versatility of plastic products in professional and home kitchens, underscoring how plastics make cooking and entertaining easier and more creative, while also contributing to sustainability.

“In my kitchen I use all sorts of plastic gadgets, from your standard spatulas and spoons to more unexpected tools like pipettes and syringes,” Blais said. “Plastics give me the durability and versatility I need in order to be creative in the kitchen, so I rely on them to develop new recipes. And my fridge is filled with resealable plastic containers to keep ingredients, sauces, and leftovers fresh and organized. Plastics are an iconic part of any professional chef’s kitchen.”

From appliances to food prep surfaces to beverage bottles, plastics have evolved into the material of choice in the kitchen due to their durability, flexibility, low weight, and shatter-resistance. Innovations in minimalist food packaging made with plastics allow pro and amateur chefs to do more with less, leaving a lighter environmental footprint. And plastics recycling continues to expand, along with kitchen products made with recycled plastics that close the recycling loop.

Stay tuned for two exclusive blog posts from Richard Blais on how and why plastics play an integral role in his kitchen.

About Plastics Make it Possible® and NYCWFF

Celebrating its fifth year, the annual NYCWFF brings together celebrity chefs, world-renowned culinary icons, winemakers, and spirits producers to benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. The Festival has raised $5 million to date for these hunger-relief organizations.

To encourage recycling at the event and beyond, Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival has chosen Plastics Make it Possible® as the official Recycling and Sustainability Partner for the 2012 Festival. Plastics Make it Possible® will help coordinate the onsite collection of recyclable plastics and other materials, supply recycling bins, and train the recycling station staff.