Why You Should Follow: Bayless has shaped Mexican food in America to a degree no one else approaches. When Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala dined at the White House with the Obamas, Bayless was the chef chosen to prepare the meal. How does one achieve such a standing? Work.
As a young man, Bayless studied cooking in Mexico. The results: a 26-part special on PBS on cooking Mexican food and the publication of Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico, a high-water mark in the history of Mexican cooking presented in text. Craig Claiborne, the famous restaurant critic, called the book "the greatest contribution to the Mexican table imaginable." He rides for the country of Mexico and its rich tradition of food; no where is this more evident than on his Twitter, where he posts images of food so good your eyes will bleed. Smoky Mazatlan shrimp? Drown in your own saliva.