Rick Bayless and his Farmer Foundation Win!

Someone asked if I was a foodie on my facebook page after I listed the final episode of the Top Chef Masters show last night.
I wouldn't say I am a foodie, although I love to eat good food and seem to be surrounded by people who are. Watching the show last night was thrilling. Rick Bayless is such an amazing person. Whatever he does, he does it with incredible passion and perfection. The skills required to "win" the Top Chef Master, like all reality tv shows, is not only about cooking skills. Yes, you need to be tops in that but you also need to deal the unexpected curve balls that are thrown your way. Rick always rises to the challenge.

This was a win on so many levels....
~for the Farmer Foundation, Rick's nonprofit organization that is committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with capital development grants. The win last night added 100K to the kitty.
~for the culinary world by awarding the prize to a chef specializing in Mexican, not French or Italian food!
~for all the devoted staff working tireless hours there and
~for all of Chicago

I just learned that Rick is offering the winning menus in the restaurant for the next 4 weeks. If you happen to secure a reservation, be sure to check out the latest images from last years staff trip from San Miguel Allende as you enter (by yours truly).

I am currently working up new images from the last trip to Oaxaca, the land of 7 moles! To read more about the trips, check out the blogs from 2008, San Miguel de Allende, and 2009, Oaxaca.

Rick is also opening a new restaurant in the next few weeks, Xoco. It promises to be divine! For updates, click here.