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Celebrity chef Rick Bayless returns home to cook up tornado relief for Oklahoma

Celebrity chef Rick Bayless joined a group of Oklahoma City chefs to do three pop-up restaurants to raise money for the ongoing recovery efforts in tornado-stricken communities in Oklahoma.
by Dave Cathey Published: June 25, 2013

/articleid/3855953/1/pictures/2141751">Photo - Chef Rick Bayless, center, preparing fresh grilled tacos being served at Leadership Square during a fundraiser to benefit the ongoing recovery efforts in local storm-torn communities in Oklahoma City Monday, June 24, 2013. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Chef Rick Bayless, center, preparing fresh grilled tacos being served at Leadership Square during a fundraiser to benefit the ongoing recovery efforts in local storm-torn communities in Oklahoma City Monday, June 24, 2013. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

On Monday, he started his triple pop-up with a taqueria-style pop-up at Leadership Square. People spent $10 for three tacos and a bottle of water, with 100 percent of donations taken by UMB Bank and The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma going toward tornado recovery in Moore, the Shawnee area and El Reno.

Later Monday night, he hosted two events at the Will Rogers Theatre complex. In The Tasting Room, 40 guests paid $500 each for an intimate dinner party that included a cooking demonstration, a signed copy of Bayless' book “Frontera Margarita, Guacamoles and Snacks” and a five-course dinner. Another 240 guests paid $60 for a family-style dinner by Bayless served family style in the Will Rogers Theatre auditorium.

OK Chefs Relief has now raised about a $125,000 in three days of service, including five pop-up concepts.

Bayless' mother, Levita Anderson, and his sister, LuAnn Tucker, still live in Oklahoma City. His brother, Skip Bayless, is a host on ESPN's “First Take.”

by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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