After studying Spanish and Latin American Studies as an undergraduate, and doing doctoral work in Anthropological Linguistics at the University of Michigan, Bayless lived in Mexico and wrote his now-classic Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking From The Heart of Mexico. Please see his web site for his complete oeuvre.
Bayless operates three hugely successful Chicago restaurants : Frontera Grill, the elegant Topolobampo, and Frontera Fresco. Read about his Frontera Farmer Foundation, an organization that supports small local farmers and has been active in Share Our Strength, the nation's largest hunger advocacy organization.
Watch Mexico–One Plate at a Time on PBS to see this chef in action!