Rick Bayless isn't just praised for his delicious meals or his innovative style; the star chef is actually credited for revolutionizing Mexican food in America. For this reason, we couldn't wait to hear what the chef had to say about his favorite flavors, the most important techniques in Mexican cooking and which celebrity chef he was most excited to see at this year's Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

Check out the slideshow above to learn Rick Bayless's brilliant idea for guacamole (hint: there is no need for tortilla chips) and what he thinks is the future of Mexican food in America.

Want to meet Rick Bayless in person? Head to this year's NYCWFF from October 17-20!

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