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34. Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

AGE: 58
OCCUPATION: Chef and restaurateur

He’s the man who made Chicago—and the rest of the world—take Mexican cuisine seriously. But is he powerful enough to wow theatregoers? Read our story on his newest role as an actor.

MORE ON BAYLESS: 7 Questions for Rick Bayless | On the New Rick Bayless Cookbook, Fiesta at Rick’s | Writer Michael Nagrant’s 2007 Q&A with Bayless

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Photograph: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

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