The chef has written numerous critically acclaimed cookbooks, and is the host of Mexico: One Plate at a Time on PBS. He also won the first season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo, and received $100,000 for the charity -- the Frontera Farmer Foundation. This is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting small, sustainable farms by providing them with capital development grants.
Bayless last visited Madison in December 2008 for an appearance on Wisconsin Public Television. This video finds the chef discussing his love of Mexican cuisine, his television series, and "what keeps drawing him back south of the border."
Bayless will speak at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 on the Isthmus Green Day main stage on first level of Monona Terrace. The chef is also featured in a cover story interview in Isthmus this week, discussing his work with his foundation, Midwest gardening, the growth of the locavore movement, and more.
Isthmus Green Day is a family-friendly, environmentally focused festival and exposition designed to help people in the Madison community -- no matter what their circumstances -- live a greener life. The fest features hundreds of products, dozens of demonstrations and an excellent roster of interesting speakers. Expectations are high for the single-day happening, which incorporates cooking demonstrations, eco-friendly fashion, alternative health information, entertainment, food and drink, a children's area, hybrid and electric cars, a green wedding and so much more. The event hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.