Further details on Rick Bayless’ role at a planned Los Angeles chain, Red Onion, have emerged, confirming his collaboration with the restaurant venture capitalists behind Ma’Kai. Dashing our worst fears, Squid Ink reports that we will indeed have a menu created and combed over by the celeb chef. However, confirming our suspicions, Bayless won’t be in the kitchen and does not own the joint, but is merely a consultant lending expertise and a marketable name. His reps clarify that he doesn’t “have anything to do with the concept, just the food.”
It appears the Ricker isn’t even very eager to escape Chi-Town’s vicious winds either, as he’s flying the chef and sous chef out to his Frontera Grill for a three-week training. You can catch him at Red Onion’s March opening. It’s also promised that he’ll check in for “tastings” at Red Onion, which plans a follow-up location this summer. Checking in from time-to-time might be Bayless’ best idea here if the Top Chef Master is hoping to do more than just cash in on the next Qdoba or Baja Fresh.