WCNY, Central New York’s flagship public broadcaster presents Taste of Fame with Chef Richard Blais. Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur; James Beard nominated cookbook author, and television personality.

Perhaps most recognizable as a regular judge on Food Network and the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” Blais grew up on Long Island working as a “poissonier” at McDonald’s. It was here where he first dabbled in deconstruction in cuisine, serving filet-o-fish sandwiches sans top bun. Blais went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and train at The French Laundry, Daniel, Chez Panisse, and el Bulli.

The award-winning event takes place at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Oncenter, 800 S. State St. Syracuse, NY 13202. Prior to the dinner, a TV recording event takes place at the WCNY Studios, 415 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse at 4:15 p.m. The four-course culinary dinner journey (6:15 p.m.) features a menu specially crafted by Chef Richard Blais, along with a story to accompany each course. The best in Finger Lakes wine accompanies each course.

The new Richard Blais Experience Ticket features a spectacular seven-course “Brunch with Blais” the following morning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Modern Malt Bakeshop located at 325 S. Clinton St. in Syracuse. Proceeds from Taste of Fame benefit WCNY’s programs and services.

For menu and ticket information, visit wcny.org/tasteoffame