Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless was first drawn to Mexican culture as an anthropologist but it was the cuisine that eventually stole his heart. With six cookbooks and a highly successful tv series to his credit, Rick has done more than any chef to raise awareness of the richness and variety of Mexican food. The New York Times has called him “the greatest contribution to the Mexican table imaginable.” He is chef/owner of one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants The Frontera Grill. Rick also conducts guided culinary tours to Mexico, has started his own Mexican food line, and even has brought his daughter into the fold, co-writing a cookbook with her on their Mexican adventures. (To top it all off, he’s one hot salsa dancer.)