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Bayless still cooks for restaurant patrons at special dinners, like one he conducted last year at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and for his closest friends, including Peter Sagal, the host of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, the NPR quiz show.
Rick Bayless has left his West Loop restaurants, depleting Randolph Street of one of its biggest guns. Bayless , the Oklahoma-born chef that’s made a fortune cooking and selling Mexican food, has exited Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca, the neighboring restaurants that opened in 2016.
Chicago celebrity chef Rick Bayless has sold his Frontera Foods to ConAgra. Frontera Foods, the Chicago-based gourmet Mexican food company started by chef Rick Bayless , has been purchased by ConAgra Foods, the packaged food giant known for such brands as Slim Jim, Banquet and Reddi-wip.
67 years (November 23, 1953)
Rick : I came from a restaurant family. I never wanted to go into that business. I went away to college to study Linguistics and Anthropology—problem was, I kept thinking about food! I had visited Mexico when I was a young boy and fell in love with the culture, the food, the people.
John Edward Bayless II