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Rick Bayless            

Award-Winning Chef; Cookbook Author; TV Personality; Best Known as Winner of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters"

Rick Bayless is a chef who specializes in traditional Mexican food with modern interpretations. He is best known for his PBS series "Mexico: One Plate at a Time" and the Food Network series "Iron Chef America."

Bayless has also written award winning and best selling cookbooks on the subject of traditional Mexican fare, including Mexico: One Plate at a Time, Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico and Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Vibrant Flavors of a World-Class Cuisine.

Mexico: One Plate at a Time was awarded Cookbook of the Year in 2001 by the James Beard Foundation, and Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico was called "The greatest contribution to the Mexican table imaginable" by the late Craig Claiborne, a famous New York Times food critic.

He has received many awards for his work, including national awards for Best American Chef: Midwest 1991 (James Beard Foundation), National Chef of the Year 1995 (James Beard Foundation), and Chef of the Year 1995 (IACP).

Rick was one of the founding members of Chefs Collaborative, in support of environmentally sound agricultural practices and is active in Share Our Strength, the nation's largest hunger advocacy organization. Bayless is a restaurant consultant and teaches authentic Mexican cooking throughout the United States. He is a visiting staff member at the Culinary Institute of America and leads cooking and cultural tours to Mexico. Bayless and his staff also began the Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003. This foundation was set up to support Chicago-area local farmers by offering capital improvement grants. As of 2007, more than $400,000 has been given to local family farms.

Bayless owns two restaurants in Chicago: Topolobampo and Frontera Grill. Many critics have praised both restaurants. Frontera Grill was ranked the third-best casual dining restaurant in the world by the International Herald Tribune.

Rick Bayless is the brother of ESPN personality and sports journalist Skip Bayless.

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Rick Bayless to open Mexican cafe at Penn

The Chicago-based Mexican chef will specialize in tortas.

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless to create craft beer - NY Daily News

The TV host and restaurateur, known for Mexican cuisine, is partnering with Crown Imports to make a brew. Bayless is the latest chef to partner with beermakersĀ ...

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless to be honored at the Smithsonian | Page ...

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless is being honored at the Smithsonian for his contributions to American dining. Bayless will receive the second annual Julia ChildĀ ...

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