Today Katharine Shilcutt asked the editor of Food & Wine magazine why there wasn't one Houston chef on the magazine's list for The People's Best New Chef 2011. Which got commenter CL91 pondering the ways our city regularly gets passed over:
I had this exact same thought reading Saveur's "100" issue, wherein "Top cooks share their favorite tools, books, ingredients, restaurants, tips, recipes and more."
There were 100 blurbs by chefs all across the country about the aforementioned topics, and only ONE mention of Houston. Even then, it was incorrectly credited to "Monica Pope, T'afia, Austin."
Good lord. For the 4th largest city in the U.S., food press treats us like we aren't even in the top 50. We eat out more than anyone in the country (and by extension, most likely the world), have one of the best restaurant scenes in the entire nation, and yet just plain don't exist to food journalism.
Perhaps that's a good thing though, because, like everything else about Houston in the context of the country, we stay below the radar. Just that small southeastern Texas city where oil flows through the streets and everyone rides horses to school and work, right guys?
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That's right, CL91 - more for us...