New Chef Collab Alert: Rick Bayless X Farmer's Fridge
Our new Chef Collab is here, and it's bringing allll the smoke with it!
Chef Rick Bayless (maybe you know him as the winner of Top Chef Masters) owns some familiar, highly-acclaimed Mexican restaurants in Chicago, including Frontera Grill and Topolobampo – side-by-side institutions that have earned the James Beard Foundation’s highest achievement for “Outstanding Restaurant.” His wildly popular fast-casual Xoco opened in 2009, and Tortas Frontera at Chicago’s O’Hare airport has changed the face of airport dining.
Fair to say, a pretty incredible resume. So we were more than a little excited when he agreed to join the Fridge Fam for a beat and create a unique bowl for our menu! In tandem with Chef Rishi Manoj Kumar of Bar Sótano (Bayless’ Oaxacan-inspired mezcal and modern Mexican bar food restaurant), Bayless created a dish inspired by the simple pleasure of a casual, comforting meal in Oaxaca.
Rishi’s journey to Bar Sótano started in Singapore, where a night out eating Mexican food was a rare treat. Those new flavors were enough to spark his culinary curiosity, and he set off to work in high-end kitchens in the south of France and his native Singapore. He later went on to lead Michelin-starred Topolobampo's private dining team, dazzling party guests with his ever-changing menus. Now, he's the Chef de Cuisine at Bar Sótano, creating dynamic new modern menus rooted in Mexican tradition.
“Great food, like all art, enhances and reflects a community’s vitality, growth and solidarity. Yet history bears witness that great cuisines spring only from healthy local agriculture.” — Chef Rick Bayless
Enter the Red Chile Braised Pork Bowl by Chef Rick Bayless – featuring slowly smoked pork in a rustic red chile sauce, studded with caramelized plantains, black beans, and topped with white crumbled cheese. A smoky, savory & satisfying dish – now available for home delivery. It’s safe to say things are heating up this spring!
The best part? A portion of proceeds from the Red Chile Braised Pork Bowl sale will be donated to Frontera Farmer Foundation – Bayless' nonprofit organization committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area. Founded in 2003, the Frontera Farmer Foundation supports local farms with capital development grants so they can continue to promote biodiversity and benefit their communities. Learn more by visiting Frontera’s website.