Rick Bayless is always ready for a challenge. The renowned Chicago chef has been tapped to compete on the new cable TV series, Top Chef Masters, which premiered last week on Bravo.
The Food Channel caught up with Chef Bayless on a recent visit to Chicago. He talks about the challenge he faces in this new cooking competition with The Food Channel’s Dennis Pitchford.
Bayless has captured more than his share of accolades and awards over the years. He was named ‘Best Chef of 1988’ by Food & Wine and ‘Best American Chef: Midwest’ by the James Beard Foundation. The JBF also named his Frontera Grill Mexican restaurant in Chicago the ‘Outstanding Restaurant’ of 2007.
Runs One of the President’s Favorite Restaurants
Another Bayless Chicago hot spot, Topolobampo, is said to be one of President Obama and his family’s favorite restaurants. And the tireless Bayless is now in the process of opening a new quick-service restaurant, Xoco, which will be right next door to Frontera and Topolobampo. Oh, and he also hosts PBS’s travel/food show, ‘Mexico One Plate at a Time,’ now in its 7th season.
Competing Against Some of the Best
The Chicago culinary maestro has been a judge on Top Chef previously, and now will be competing with 23 of his contemporaries in the weekly kitchen faceoff.
Top Chef Masters is hosted by Kelly Choi. The program airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo.