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Rick Bayless Paints Hysterical Homage to Bob Ross in Video

Chef swaps "happy little trees" with "happy little cilantro leaves."

Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Count Rick Bayless as a Bob Ross fan, one of the many who won't forget the beloved host of "The Joy of Painting." Chicago's favorite Mexican chef and his staff posted a video short on Facebook, paying hysterical homage to Ross, with Bayless donning a wig and showing fans how to paint "happy little cilantro leaves." Ross famously taught PBS viewers in the 1980s how to make magic using a brush and an easel, urging them to paint "happy little trees."

Happy Little Cilantro Leaves

Someone on Twitter called me "the Bob Ross of Mexico." Wonder why ...

Posted by Chef Rick Bayless on Monday, November 23, 2015

"Paint some happy little cilantro leaves...," Bayless says. "Maybe want to sprinkle some queso fresco onto this little chilaquiles village. The town's people are going to love that, I know I would."

Ross, who died in 1995, has made a recent resurgence in popularity, after Twitch began streaming "The Joy of Painting" in October. Don't forget those "little tortilla chippies," indeed.