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Rick Bayless, Winner of 'Top Chef Masters' Season 1

August 20, 2009 07:05:54 GMT

The Mexican dish by the owner and chef of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo beats the French and Italian cuisines by Hubert and Michael.


Rick Bayless, Winner of 'Top Chef Masters' Season 1
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The competition among culinary pros on "Top Chef Masters" has come to an end with the announcement of a winner. Chicago native Rick Bayless beats Hubert Keller and Michael Chiarello by a few stars in the cooking competition's first season. Rick consequently receives the $100,000 cash prize which he donates to his charity Frontera Farmer Foundation.

In the finale airing Wednesday, August 19, the three finalists must pass four stages of challenges that trace back their past. They must cook their first food memory, dish that made them want to become a cook, first restaurant and what's next. Rick, whose expertise is in Mexican cuisine, brought in hickory-smoked quail, Oaxacan black mole, roast suckling pig cake, and a black rice soup called arroz a la tumbada respectively.

The judging panel consisted of the regular critics in addition of Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons of "Top Chef". Joining them to chip in stars for the three contestants were the five winners of "Top Chef" including recent winner Hosea Rosenberg. Hubert eventually got 16 and a half stars while Michael earned 17. Rick triumphed with 18 stars.

"Top Chef Masters" is the spin-off to Bravo TV's "Top Chef". While the original show lines up younger cooks struggling to reach success in the field, the spin-off is featuring individuals who have established their names at least nationally.

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posted by lo-lo-lover go asian on Apr 17, 2010
i like him he's nice but i wished it was anita lo go asians!
posted by ce69954 on Aug 22, 2009
I am extremely happy for Rick..He truly showed his love for his culture, country, and most of all, Food. Congrats, Rick. You did it for all of us Mexicans.
posted by JSFIRSEL on Aug 21, 2009
I HAVE NOT MISSED ONE EPISODE OF ANY TOP CHEF'S OR TOP CHEF MASTERS, RICK BAYLESS IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING CHEFS. HE SEEMS SO KIND AND RELAXED AND HIS LOVE OF HIS CUSINE IS WHY I WAS HAPPY HE WON AND HE IS NOT BAD TO LOOK AT CONGRATS RICK
posted by Rebeca on Aug 20, 2009
So happy Rick won. He is amazing, I cannot wait to go to Topolobampo. Thank you Rick for showing that it is a cuisine that deserves respect.
posted by lsanti75 on Aug 20, 2009
I have followed Rick Bayless for quite some time bc i too am in love with the Mexican culture.. i';m so happy he won!!!
posted by Truje on Aug 20, 2009
I also think you are a good chef, and a kind , warm human being. But always making mexican or spanish food is the way to win a show like this should be based on variety. Michael is a good chef, but really to pushy with his training and speaking to his staff.Hubert,is just a pleasure to see with anyone, i truly enjoyed is way with the co chefs, staff, silly judges. You guys need help, I am glad th money will go to the farmers, as he states we need them to keep things growing. Really, I enjoyed the show, You judges need to see how hard it is to get judged, You cook, lets see how well you do.get the masters to judge you Thanks

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