About Us

At Frontera Fiesta there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Meet our team and learn about out passion for all things fiesta.

Chef Rick Bayless

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Inspired by the authentic experience of the Mexican kitchen, Chef Rick Bayless has achieved international acclaim and thrilled North American audiences at every level—from the elegant artistry of Topolobampo and Frontera Grill to the street-food fiesta of Xoco and Tortas Frontera. Chef Bayless is renowned as a gifted teacher, and his distinctive vision and boundless enthusiasm instill the Frontera team with a passion for great food and exceptional restaurant experiences.

Frontera Foods

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Frontera Food’s specialty food products feature the gamut of robust and spirited regional flavors that represent the very soul of Mexican cuisine.

In many respects, Frontera Foods originated when Chef Rick Bayless began his travels through Mexico almost thirty years ago. Bayless dreamt of bringing the robust regional flavors of Mexico into everyday contemporary American kitchens. He went to work spreading the word about the cuisine’s enormous potential.

Frontera Restaurants

Frontera restaurants celebrate the richness of Mexican cuisine and culture through exceptional cooking, a vibrant physical experience, and an unflagging commitment to local and seasonal sourcing.


Mexico–One Plate at a Time

For the tenth season of Chef Rick Bayless’ highly-rated cooking and travel show, we’re taking our viewers all over Mexico City’s sixteen boroughs to explore the vibrant restaurant scene, evolving cuisine and ancient culture that makes this amazing city so irresistible.

Frontera Farmer Foundation

The Frontera Farmer Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with capital development grants. The Foundation envisions a year-round interchange between sustainable farmers and consumers, including farmers' market patrons and chefs, in which seasonal local agriculture provides the foundation for sustainable regional cuisine.

Environmental Commitment

At Frontera, one of our goals is to live sustainably through active, positive and thoughtful interaction in three inter-related spheres: