Who Is Lane Ann Bayless, Rick Bayless’ Daughter?

Lane Ann Bayless is the daughter of Rick Bayless, the award-winning Chef and Restauranteur. The 32 year old, born on May 7, 1991, is currently managing a few of her family’s famous restaurants. She has also focused her attention on creating very exciting and refreshing cocktails to go along with her father’s legendary Mexican cuisine.

Lane Ann Bayless has been featured on her father’s cooking show called Mexico: One Meal at a Time on several occasions, and she has also co-written some of his famous cookbooks. She shares a special bond with her father – and mother, which may be why they also have an excellent business relationship managing several of their restaurants together.

She got married to Kevin Sullivan in 2016 when they met while she was studying at the Manhattan Theater Club, and their marriage is still going on strong and smooth while they are blessed with a daughter named Charlie Belle Bayless-Sullivan.

Lane Ann Bayless’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Lane Ann Bayless
  • Nickname:  Lanie  Bayless
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: May 7, 1991
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Age: 32 year old
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Taurus
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Husband: Kevin Sullivan
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Child: Charlie Belle Bayless-Sullivan
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Parents: Rick Bayless (father) and Deann Bayless (mother)
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Height in Inches:  5 inches feet and 8 Inches
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Height in Centimetres: 173 cm (approximately)
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Net worth: $1 million
  • Famous for: Being the daughter of celebrity Chef and restauranteur, Rick Bayless
  • Lane Ann Bayless’s Instagram: @classiclanie (though a private account)

How Old is Lane Ann Bayless, Rick Bayless’ Daughter?

Rick Bayless’s daughter, Lane Ann Bayless, or Lanie Ann Bayless-Sullivan – as she also likes to be called, is currently 32 years old. She was born in Chicago, United States of America, on May 7, 1991, to the family of Rick and Deann Bayless. She is the only child of her very successful parents with no siblings at all.

Even though her parents were very successful restaurateurs and came from a family line that has always been well-known in the hospitality industry in America, she still got all the love and attention that was required for her to grow up into the well-balanced lady that she is currently today. She was not allowed to feel lonely because she had no siblings.

What Does Rick Bayless’ Daughter Do for a Living?

Currently, Rick Bayless’s daughter Lane Ann Bayless works with her parents and serves as a director who helps in managing some of their restaurants, both in the Greater Chicago Bay area and also across some other states in the United States of America. She oversees the day-to-day running of the business alongside her mother, Deann, while her father concentrates on the creative aspect of their business.

Lane Ann Bayless’s parents are very successful in the hospitality and food chain industry in the United States of America, but for some reason, she has always had this dream to grow up and have a career in the entertainment industry rather than the hospitality industry that her parents and grandparents were famous for.

After completing her high school studies, and in order to fulfill her childhood dreams of becoming an actress, she moved to New York City, where she enrolled at the Manhattan Theater Club to study Theater Arts. Her father also has a performer in him while also being a famous television show Chef, and these may have had some sort of influence on her decision to study Theater Arts.

A couple of years into her studies at the Manhattan Theater Club, she began to feel very lonely or maybe disillusioned after missing all the love and affection she got from her parents and family in Chicago. She decided to look for a job in an industry that she had been around for several years in the past.

She worked in restaurants such as Hill Country BBQ, Cosme, and Daniel Boulud’s DBGB. When her parents got to know that she was working in other restaurants, they gave her a call and offered her a job to help them manage some of their restaurants. She took up their offer and left for Chicago – the city of her birth that she loves passionately and had missed a lot for the past few years.

After settling down in her new role, she helped her family open a new restaurant called the Lena Bravia restaurant. After a few years, she established her own cocktail bar called Sotana – where she serves and mixes her own unique Mexican cocktail and also her father’s incredible Mexican cuisine.

She helps her family manage their famous restaurants, such as the iconic Frontera Grill, Cruz Blanca, Xoco, and the Topolobampo – which are all very famous in their own right. She works in conjunction with her mother, Deann, who many believe has been the silent backbone of her successful husband and Lane Ann Bayless’s father, Rick Bayless.

Meet Lane Ann Bayless’s Parents

Lane Ann Bayless’s parents, Rick and Deann Bayless, are well-known in the hospitality industry in the United States of America, with her father being the more popular one among the two. They have made a name for themselves in America and probably all over the world and are helping their daughter to make a name for herself and carve out her own niche in the industry.

Rick Bayless is a World famous Chef and Restauranteur

Rick Bayless’s daughter, Lane Ann Bayless, is privileged to have such a talented and visionary father who has worked so hard over the years to attain the current level of success that his family enjoys today. He was born on November 23, 1953, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the United States of America. His parents and even their own parents were restaurateurs, and the family line definitely has a thing for the performing arts in their gene pool.

Rick Bayless’s parents were the proud owners and operators of the famous Oklahoma City Hickory House Barbeque restaurant. His mother used to have a local television show, which did not run for a long time but left its mark. His older brother, John Edward “Skip” Bayless, is a sports commentator and columnist and also a television personality. He currently has a sports-focused show on Fox Sports 1 called Skip and Shannon Undisputed. Rick Bayless also has a sister.

Growing up, Rick Bayless always had a passion for stage performance, and he always featured in play productions in school. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Latin-American culture from the University of Oklahoma. He went on to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. He proceeded to undertake Doctoral work in Anthropological Linguistics at the University of Michigan but dropped out after a few years to pursue his passion – cooking.

His foray into television show hosting began in 1978 when he was the host of PBS cooking television series called Cooking Mexican (1978 -1979). Rick dedicated about 6 years of his life to studying and researching Mexican culinary methods and practices and wrote a publication in 1987 titled Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking From the Heart of Mexico. He has gone on to author and publish several cookbooks that are highly regarded in America and beyond over the years.

Rick followed in the steps of his parents, who were restaurant owners, and with his wife Deann – who he met while studying at the University of Michigan, has gone on to open several restaurants of his own such as the famous Frontera Grill, Lena Bravia, Topolobampo and Xoco just to mention a few. Over the years, he has become a renowned Chef – specializing in very imaginative Mexican Cuisine, a restaurateur, a media personality, and most importantly, a wonderful husband and father to his daughter, Lane Ann Bayless.

In 2010, Rick was invited to the White House in Washington D.C. by President Barrack Obama to prepare a state dinner for the Mexican President at the time, President Felipe Calderon, who was on a state visit to the United States of America. There were rumors that he had applied to be the United States of America President’s chef at the White House, but he debunked those rumors sitting that he loved to keep his delicacies more imaginative and without “formalities”.

Deann Bayless Is Lane Ann’s Mother

Lane Ann Bayless’s mother, Deann Bayless, is the silent but very effective one of her parents She prefers to work behind the scene to make sure that her husband’s career and businesses continue to thrive and flourish. Though not much is known about her parents, siblings, and early childhood experiences, we do know that she was born sometime in 1948 – which makes her about 5 years older than her husband Rick Bayless.

She graduated from the University of Michigan, where she met Rick Bayless – who was also a postgraduate student at the time, and that was where their love story was born and blossomed till it culminated in the marital union in 1979. Though Deann does not share the spotlight with her husband Rick, every ounce of success that he has attained has her contributions or imprint on them.

She is listed on her LinkedIn Profile (though with limited information) as a co-founder of their family’s famous restaurant, the Frontera Grill, which they both opened in 1987. They have also gone on to open a few more restaurants over the years. She founded the Frontera Food Company with her husband, which operates 2 Quick Restaurants and produces a line of grocery products. She also works with her daughter Lane Ann Bayless in running their businesses on a daily basis.

She has made editorial contributions to all of her husband’s cookbooks – which are highly regarded. She is also the Producer of his long-running television cooking show on PBS called Mexico: One Plate at a Time. Deann is an administrator for the Frontera Farmer’s Foundation which provides assistance for small sustainable farms and farmers in the Chicago area. She also mentors others at the National Organization of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs.

Mary Ann Bayless Has an Excellent Relationship With Her Father

Many fathers across the world always view their daughters as their pride and joy and their little princess – no matter how old they become, and Lane Ann Bayless is no exception here. She and her father are known to have not only an excellent father-daughter relationship but also an excellent professional work relationship as well.

Her father took up dancing as a hobby to relieve the stress that he always faces in his life’s endeavors, and his daughter also loves dancing, so they specifically carved out some father-daughter time at her wedding ceremony where their dance was a well-orchestrated one that greatly delighted the friends and family present at her wedding. She has also worked with her father to write and publish some of his famous cookbooks, which have always received positive reviews.

Lane Ann Bayless has never had any public spat with her father (and mother) despite the fact that they both work in the same family establishment, which is always a highly stressful environment that can lead to confrontations. In fact, her own personal focus on the hospitality industry complements her father’s work rather than competing against him.

Lane Ann Bayless is Married to Kevin Sullivan

Rick Bayless’s daughter, Lane Ann Bayless, has been happily married to Kevin Sullivan. She and her husband seem to be extremely happy to be in each other’s lives and are making the most of their marital union and the happiness that they share with each other. No family organizes the best house party like the Bayless family, and Lane Ann Bayless had a very wonderful wedding ceremony.

Lane Ann and her boyfriend at the time, Kevin Sullivan, met sometime between the early to mid-2010s  while she was studying Theater Arts and Performance at the Manhattan Theater Club, where Kevin was working as a Subscriber Services Manager at the time. It has not been revealed how their romance began and progressed from their initial meeting, but things began to heat up between them pretty quickly.

By the mid-2010s, their initial romance had progressed into a full-blown relationship that was certainly aimed at leading to a forever-after story. They got engaged sometime in 2015 and informed their family of their intentions to get married and settle down together. Their wedding took place in the second week of 2016, and it was a very unique and different affair from the usual wedding ceremonies that you might be used to.

Meet Kevin Sullivan, Lane Ann Bayless Sullivan’s Husband

Not much was known of Kevin Sullivan till word got around that he was dating and getting married to Rick Bayless’ daughter. Not much is known about Kevin Sullivan’s parents, siblings, and childhood, but from his LinkedIn profile, we get to know a lot about his adult life.

Kevin Sullivan obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, from which he graduated in 2007. He worked for about a decade before then proceeding to Northwestern University, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Leadership for Creative Arts in 2018.

His first job after obtaining his first degree was at Williamstown Theater Festival, and he worked as an Assistant Audience Services Manager from May to August 2009. He left for Two Step Productions, where he worked as the company manager from September to December 2009. He moved again to Classic Stage Company, where he worked as a Box Office Representative from February 2010 to May 2014.

He worked at the Manhattan Theater Club as the Subscriber Services Manager from January 2010 to April 2015, and he was at this job when he met Lane Ann Bayless, and they fell in love with each other. He moved to Steppenwolf Theater Management Company and worked as a Graduate Theater Management Intern from May to August 2018.

He decided to join the family business with his wife and was employed as the Director of Strategic Engagement of the Frontera Grill restaurant from March 2019 to May 2020. He currently works as the Executive Director of the Bayless Family Foundation, which he has been part of from 2017 to date.

Lane Ann Bayless Has a Daughter With Her Husband

Rick Bayless’ daughter Lane Ann Bayless has been having a blissful marriage since she married Kevin Sullivan in 2016. There has never been a public fight or spat between them over the years, and neither of them has been embroiled in any extramarital affair since they got married. Lane Ann has, on a few occasions, publicly professed her love for her husband and told him that she was happy that he was in her life.

The couple welcomed their first child – a beautiful baby girl to the world on September 30, 2020, and Kevin was the one that broke the wonderful news to all their fans and friends. Their daughter was named Charlie Belle Bayless-Sullivan, and she is currently 3 years old. She is growing up nicely and is showered with so much love and attention by both her parents.


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