Chicago's Rick Bayless is the Top Chef Master. We knew him way back when!
- Bayless schooled Steve Dolinsky on Mexican Independence Day back in 2003 on Eight Forty-Eight
- Steve Edwards interviewed Bayless at the Chicago History Museum in 2006 for the Chicago Treasures series
- On his way to an Eight Forty-Eight interview in 2006 Bayless made a wrong turn and wound up in Studio 312
- In 2008 Bayless participated in Culinary Chicago: The Local Option and Chicago Amplified recorded it