Sunday, November 25, 2012

Oklahoma's Rick Bayless

Saturday's at noon you will find me in front of the television tuned into the PBS channel's  Mexico-One Plate at a Time watching Chef Rick Bayless. I love this guy! He travels to Mexico and tells about the origin of the foods he prepares in his home kitchen and restaurants. He is so soft spoken and laid back I am never ready for the 30 minute show to be over. It is an awesome show! 

Rick Bayless was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, into a family of restaurateurs and grocers specializing in the local barbecue. Having begun his culinary training as a youth, he broadened his interests to include regional Mexican cooking as an undergraduate student of Spanish and Latin American culture. After finishing his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma, he did doctoral work in Anthropological Linguistics at the University of Michigan and, from 1980 to 1986, lived in Mexico with his wife, Deann, writing his first book Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking From The Heart of Mexico.

Most people know him from winning the title of Bravo’s Top Chef Master beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His highly rated on-going Public Television Series, Mexico—One Plate at a Time can be found on television sets coast to coast, as well as his award-winning, seven cookbooks. In 2012, Rick was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Host. Rick’s second book, Mexican Kitchen, won the Julia Childs IACP cookbook of the year award in 1996, and his fourth book, Mexico—One Plate at a Time won James Beard Best International Cookbook of the Year award in 2001.

Rick in San Fransisco opening a restaurant.

His side by side award-winning restaurants in Chicago were founded in 1987. The casual Frontera Grill and the 4-star Topolobampo. In 2007, Frontera Grill won for Outstanding Restaurant by the James Beard Organization. His award-winning Frontera line of salsas, grilling sauces and organic chips can be found coast to coast. Frontera foods also created the quick-serve Frontera Fresco’s located in select Macy’s stores in Chicago and San Francisco. You can also go online and order Frontera Foods: 

Rick Bayless has been acclaimed widely as America’s foremost proponent of Mexico’s thrillingly diverse cuisine. In his five cookbooks, he focuses on classic Mexican dishes, delving into their traditional foundations, cooking methods and cultural backgrounds.

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