Richard Blais' Culinary Picks for the Holiday...

Last year I had the privilege of working with Richard Blais as his producer for Life After Top Chef. Myself and two camera crews followed him around for a couple months as he opened up The Spence in Atlanta. I've done many tv shows in my day, but this one was definitely in my top three. I just had the best time working with Richard and hanging out with his adorable family. I recently asked Richard to share his top 5 culinary gift picks with Sweet Peach and he graciously sent 18 instead, adding the message 'pick and choose.' I think I'll just share them all. Enjoy...

1) Cheese from Star Provisions  2) The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson  3) Maximum Flavor by Aki Kamozawa   4) Blis Maple Syrup   5) Vitamix  6) Vintage spoons (I've yet to see Richard without a spoon in his back pocket. He finds many of his favorites at Paris on Ponce in Atlanta)  7)  Sous Vide Supreme  8) Ras el hanout spice via Terra Spice Co.  9) JB Prince surgical tweezers  10) Njuda and Lardo from Boccalone 11) Cook Your Ass Off, Season 1  12) Apron from Hedley & Bennett  13) Tavern Vinegar  14) A Work in Progress by Rene Redzepi 15) Lucky Peach Magazine  16) Seafood Watch App (free!)  17) Minus 8 Vinegar  18) Fruit from Frog Hollow Farm