Enjoy cooking at home like chef Richard Blais

Chef Richard Blais, of Top Chef fame, cooking at his home in Del Mar, California. (Eduardo Contreras / Union-Tribune)
(Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)

While we already got to spend some time in celebrity chef Richard Blais’ home kitchen this year, now you can too - sort of. Blais, who won Top Chef: All-stars and is known around San Diego for his restaurants Junper & Ivy and Crack Shack, is poised to release his second cookbook titled So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours on May 16.

The cookbook is described as “On television, Blais is famous for his daring cooking, making use of science (think liquid nitrogen) to dazzle and impress. But how does he cook at home when the cameras are off? That’s what this book will answer, with elevated homestyle recipes and personal stories which invite you behind the scenes and into his own kitchen for the first time. Some recipes might look familiar, like spaghetti and meatballs, but have a secret, flavor-boosting ingredient, and others feature clever but unexpected techniques, like his fried chicken which is first marinated in pickle juice.”

To celebrate the book release, fans are invited to Juniper & Ivy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Guests will enjoy a signed copy of the cookbook along with live demonstrations, bite-sized snacks and champagne. And, of course, Blais himself will be there to mingle with fans.

Admission to the event runs $75 per person, or $120 per couple (which includes only one cookbook) and $35 for kids and can be purchased here. Additional books can be purchased at the event for $30.