Contact: Marie McGeehan at Casey Communications, Inc., 314/962-0944 or Dee

Wetzel at Schnuck Markets, 314/994-4608.

February 5, 2001

Rick Bayless, One of America’s Most Highly Acclaimed Chefs, Will Conduct

A Cooking Demonstration at the Clayton & Lindbergh Schnucks On Feb. 23

ST. LOUIS – Authentic Mexican dining doesn’t necessarily mean tacos, burritos and fajitas. Chef Rick Bayless, one of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs, will treat St. Louis area cooks interested in learning about Mexican dishes beyond nachos and enchiladas, to a free cooking demonstration and book signing at the Schnucks supermarket at 10275 Clayton Rd. on Friday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Seating is limited. Customers should call the store at 314-991-0510 to reserve a seat.

Chef Rick has spent many years studying, traveling and exploring the regions of Mexico to learn and master the culinary treasures found in the exciting country. His infectious sense of fun resonates throughout his demonstrations in the same way he conducts his Public Television series, “Cooking Mexican” and his most recent series, “Mexico One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless.” The new series, shot on location in Mexico and in his home kitchen, is accompanied by a companion cookbook with the same name.

Since its publication in 1987, Bayless’s Authentic Mexican: regional cooking from the heart of Mexico, has become a classic. It offers the American aficionado the best from cooks in every region of the country.

Shortly after its publication in 1996, Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen, was chosen Best Cookbook of the Year by the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) National Julia Child Cookbook Awards.

His contemporary and colorful Frontera Grill opened in 1997 was chosen by Patricia Wells at the International Herald Tribune as the third best casual restaurant in the world

In 1989 came the earthy, elegant Topolobampo, one of America's only fine-dining Mexican restaurants. The New York Times stated, “There’s nothing even remotely similar to the Frontera Grill or Topolobampo anywhere else in America.” The Times also called Topolobampo “the most elegant and serious Mexican restaurant in the country.”

He is the only person to be named Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals in the same year (1995).

Bayless serves on the board of Chefs Collaborative, which supports environmentally sound agriculture. He also is active in Share Our Strength, the nation's largest hunger advocacy organization.

For information on the demonstration and book signing, call 314-991-0510.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 92 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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