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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?

That's right, CL91 - more for us...

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Bruce R
Bruce R

As I've said before, in general Houston is underrated by those outside Houston and overrated by the locals. Houston gets about the respect it deserves from Food and Wine and Saveur, but they tend to focus on expensive restaurants. Houston excels at medium to low price restaurants.


It is frustrating how often Houston gets lost in the shuffle -- a friend of mine once attributed it to the fact that we don't take ourselves as seriously as the folks in, say, Dallas do. If that's what it takes, then I'm okay with not having to dress up to go grocery shopping or wax my car everytime I want to go to the mall.

Then again, I did once spend weeks convincing distant relatives that we aren't all cowpokes and hayseeds riding horses and polishing our belt buckles all day, only to have them get stuck in rodeo trail ride traffic on the day they arrived for a visit. That experience alone probably made their year.

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