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"Top Chef" Runner-Up Needs to Pay Up

11/1/2008 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Somethin' is cooking in the kitchen and it ain't brownies.

A petition was recently filed against a season 4 "Top Chef" finalist Richard Blais, by Samantha, a woman he dated for three years in high school who claims she had his child. Blais' name is on the birth certificate as the father.

The child is now 17 and Samantha claims Blais has never paid a cent of child support. The petition is asking for support beginning now until she is 21, medical coverage for the girl, and half of her college tuition.

Here's the rub -- Blais is currently married and welcomed a new baby this year. His lawyer tells us, "This matter involves Richard and a woman he knew 20 years ago and he's cooperating fully with the judicial system. Richard has always accepted his responsibilities and once this matter is concluded he will continue any responsibilities he may have."

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not2breckonedwith    

Why is this woman just now filing a petition when the "child" is 17? Sounds like she is up to no good. He should request a paternity test first.

2127 days ago
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HOLY CROCODILE    

This sounds like all the black crap that has been on this sight. I can't believe white people do the same thing.Wait till the guy has a little something then go get him. Hang on girl,O bama gonna take care of you with my money.

2127 days ago
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Justin is Calling    

Contestant Erik Hopfinger restaurant Circa is a horrible neighbor for San Francisco residents. Residents complain of bottles being broken in the middle of the night, trash left outside their homes, and delivery trucks blocking garages. Plus, how can you trust anyone who smokes to buy fish?

2127 days ago
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Burn Baby Burn    

Why now? She didn't want child support for the last 17 years, if she had they would have already been to court and there would have already been an order.

2127 days ago
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family memeber    

Hey people here is an FYI... Richard was presented with paperwork about 10 years ago offering to turn over all rights as a parent and he refused... then couldn't be found until he popped up on TV!!! So this IS someone who should take responsibilitly for their child!!! Just think how his 1st daughter must feel seeing him online claiming to be a first time parent!!!

2127 days ago
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realdad1    

You bail out 15 years ago, don't call or don't send a birthday and that's always taking responsibility???? c'mon!! Responsibility is being around to watch your child grow up, to be there to help with all the bumps and bruises, to be there thru all the good times and bad times, and to just BE THERE. as someone with 1st hand knowledge of the situation he has had numerous opportunities to make things right, and just like his stint on Top Chef...HE FAILED!!!!! HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE A FATHER!!!!! He never even acknowledged her on his myspace page(asked about having kids and his reply was.. someday) I feel bad for his 2nd daughter as she has no clue that her daddy is a DEADBEAT!!!!

2127 days ago
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his food sux anyway    

it dosent matter when the mother is asking for what she ie owed what matters is that blaise never maned up to pay child support he is a piece of crap dead beat dad.he should take care of his responsibility if not just do the right thing,he better not see me on the streets

2127 days ago
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Suze    

Hey #6 & #7 sperm doesn't make you a "Father". Parenting makes you a Father. That's why he said he was looking forward to being a parent...he's never done it before. Up until this woman petitioned him, he was nothing more than a sperm doner.

2127 days ago
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babyjoe    

I am appalled. Blais is a deadbeat. Samething occurred in my family. This deadbeat disappeared from the face of the earth and then shows himself on tv. It was a gift for this mom to finally find this guy and get him to pay. New father my a--. The guy is hurting the poor kid he has abandoned and the mom is being questioned? Do DNA if you must. There is no question. >Look at the picture. He is who he is, now pay up. If it were my family I would try getting as much as I could and go back as far as i could. Good luck Samantha. Go get him!!!!!

2126 days ago
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lee    

What a shame to discover this. I really liked this guy. It just goes to show you that reality tv does not present the reality of the contestants. He loved to talk about how excited he was to be a first-time father and it turns out he's been a father for nearly 2 decades. What a creep. He's a deadbeat dad and he should pay child support for his first-born child --- from the day she was born. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that his daughter didn't know her biological father. He can never make it up to her or make up for lost time. He is the loser - in more ways than one.

2126 days ago
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dead BEAT    

that poor child didnt ask to have a dead beat as a father,, MAN UP

2126 days ago
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debra    

How sad that there are people out there that think its ok not to pay for your child or to think its ok to never contect her how can you walk on this earth and never have the want to see your daughter or the care to see if she is ok.......an just to think you had another little girl.......that alone should have made you realize how important a father is in a childs life....2 year or 17 years dont make much of a diffrence...it is still your daughter that will never change no matter how many years go buy....

2126 days ago
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dead BEAT    

WOW what kind of man runs away from his FIRST daughter for more that 17 years??? the only way his daughter can see who her father is, is by seeing what a LOSER he is on tv... what kind of WOMAN allows her husband to be out of his daughters life for that many years?? what about his family, you just go on pretending that you dont have a granddaughter/ niece/ cousin.. saves you money on the holidays! and to you MS SUZE COMMENT #9... Your right your "friend "he is a sperm donar, thats all he will EVER be. he shouldnt be able to reproduce EVER again! and yes white people go through his to.. black,white, a DIRT BAG IS A DIRT BAG, THEY COME IN ALL DIFFERENT COLORS! crazy how you people think its ok for him not to support his child, regardless of how long its been, so call samantha what you want, but she has EVERY right to ASK HIM TO HELP SUPPORT HIS DAUGHTER! YOU DISAPPEARD FOR 17 YEARS NOW ITS TIME TO MAN UP!!!

2126 days ago
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DEEEEEEEZ NUTS    

RICHARD IS A FUDGIN DEAD BEAT J.O. WITH THAT RETARDED FAUXHAWK! HE NEEDS TO GET A BRUSH AND BRUSH THE SAND OUT OF HIS PISS FLAPS AND BE A MAN INSTEAD OF A SLACKER(MCFLY...HELLO..U DUMB WIENER!!!)! I HOPE HIS CAREER GOES UP IN A BLAIS LIKE HIS FCKN MANHOOD AND NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIMSELF. THIS YOUNG GIRL IS SOOOOO MUCH BETTER OFF WITHOUT THIS CATASTROPHY (PIECE OF MIERDA)OF A HUMAN BEING AND HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF AND GROW UP AND STOP PLAYING POSSOM! J.O. J.O. J.O. J.O. J.O. HE'S A BIGGER POOK THAN POOKIE IN NEW JACK CITY!!! WHEN HE WAS MADE GOD DEFFINITELY BROKE THE MOLD BECAUSE HE NEW HE DESIGNED A P.O.S.!!!!!

2126 days ago
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Rolling My Eyes    

Annoyed with anokie/#3. Leave it to someone to boil this down to a 'black thing.' Richard's race has nothing to do with it. People of all hues and cultures have issues. Drama with children, old lovers, and support is not new. Messy handling of familial issues is not a black thing. Get over yourself anokie. Undoubtedly, whatever race/ethnicity/culture you claim, if any, is not immune from drama. It just chaps my ass that people like you perpetuate this BS.

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