Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Many people know Chicago restaurateur Rick Bayless for winning the title of Bravo's Top Chef Masters. His highly rated public television series, Mexico: One Plate at a Time, is broadcast coast to coast and his nine cookbooks have earned multiple high-profile accolades.


Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, both in Chicago, have each received won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year — an unprecedented feat for side-by-side restaurants. His wildly popular fast-casual Xoco debuted in 2009 and Tortas Frontera at Chicago's O'Hare airport has changed the face of airport dining. In 2016, he opened Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs. In 2018, Bayless expanded his Clark Street restaurants by opening Bar Sótano, a Oaxacan-inspired mezcal bar with modern Mexican bar food. Tortazo, his new fast-casual concept, debuted in 2020 in Chicago's iconic Willis Tower and later in New York City's Flatiron District.

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