Chef, Restaurateur, Food Author
June 4-5, 2011
IKEA® Cooking Stage
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Most people know chef, restaurateur, and author Rick Bayless from his highly rated show Mexico—One Plate at a Time, now in its seventh season on PBS. Perhaps you’ve read one of his cookbooks: Mexican Everyday was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2006 and Fiesta at Rick’s, his seventh, is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list. But Bayless’ reputation as a world-class chef goes way back. He founded his side-by-side Chicago restaurants—the casual Frontera Grill and the 4-star Topolobampo—in 1987. Frontera Grill won the coveted James Beard Award for ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ in 2007 and inspired a line of award-winning salsas, grilling sauces, and organic chips that is available nationwide.
Bayless has won James Beard awards for ‘Midwest Chef of the Year,’ ‘National Chef of the Year,’ and ‘Humanitarian of the Year.’ In 2009, he battled with fellow legends Michael Chiarello and Hubert Keller to emerge as Bravo’s Top Chef Master.
Bayless’s latest restaurant, the quick-service XOCO, brings Chicagoans the best of Mexican street food and snacks, including churros, caldos, and house-ground, homemade hot chocolate.
Chef Bayless is Presented by Chase Sapphire.