NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  Author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain visits Build to discuss the Balvenie's "Raw Craft"  at Build Studio on October 30, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Why Anthony Bourdain Dubbed Minneapolis An Underrated Food City
In a 2011 interview, celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain said he was impressed by the fusion of local flair and global inspiration in Minneapolis' food scene.
"Minneapolis impressed me very early on, but it just gets better yearly," Bourdain told Delish. "It's [...] a vastly underrated food city and deserves more attention."
"You not only have great Vietnamese restaurants but also many good homegrown chefs who are liberated by these new ingredients and changing tastes," explained Bourdain.
A decade after Bourdain sang Minneapolis' praises, fellow chef Andrew Zimmern told Tasting Table that Minneapolis can "carry its weight with any town in America, food-wise."
If you asked Bourdain, the most instrumental factor in creating a great food city in America "is an influx of people from someplace else."
"This brings along a market for new and interesting products," the chef said. "You need enough people insisting on authentic Chinese rather than dumbed-down American Chinese."