Wednesday, August 19, 2009
(Top Chef) Master of His Domain!
(Photo: Rick Bayless)
Felicidades to the first-ever Top Chef Master Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo), you make Chicago proud!
While Bayless himself gushed out only two words on Twitter—"Party's starting!"—his fans had plenty to say about his big win:
asupsiri: "Rick Bayless: the Top Chef Master!! Couldn't happen to a nicer guy - and gotta love that he reps both Mexican cuisine and Chicago!!"
The scene from Frontera Grill during the finale party—from Bayless's iPhone. (Photo: Rick Bayless)
HitnRunTony: "Fuck yeah! Chicago's own, The king of Mexican cuisine Rick Bayless is The Top Chef Master. He said it himself 'VIVA MEXICO!'"
bitchyshitty: "New food guy crush: Rick Bayless."
cacoperez: "Very good finish to Top Chef Masters. Rick Bayless was the winner. I'm finally going to try Frontera Grill in a couple of weeks."
Bayless at celebratory party at Frontera Grill, telling guests that it took him 20 years to learn the mole recipe. (Photo: Ellen Malloy)
Mario_10: "All three Top chef masters were brilliant but Rick Bayless is 1 step ahead. Love the fact that Rick is genuine and loves da Mexican culture."
marycaryne: "Congratulations to Rick Bayless for winning Top Chef Master and $100,000 for the Frontera Farmer Foundation!!!"
TallGrassBeef: "Congratulations to our good friend Rick Bayless, the winner of Top Chef Master tonight! Way to go!"
Ladygourmet: "Yay for Rick Bayless and his victory in the Top Chef Masters competition!"
Check out the Chicago Tribune's story on Bayless's win here.