While it doesn't get the headlines like the gastronomic centers of New York and Paris, Minneapolis is quietly making itself one of the top food destinations in the world.
That's according to some of the world's best chefs, who were interviewed by Bloomberg and asked for their favorite food cities from around the globe.
Minneapolis was among 17 cities picked out in the piece, with French-born, New York-based, Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud among the cities fans.
Among the restaurants and chefs picked out by Boulud was Gavin Kaysen of Spoon & Stable, Demi and Bellecour, Jamie Malone of Grand Cafe, John Karus of Patisserie 46, and recent James Beard Award recipient Ann Kim, of Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza.
"It’s always been one of the top cities but now you are seeing the rise of a whole generation of chefs going back home from New York, from Chicago, from L.A. and Europe," he told Bloomberg. "They are opening very cool places."
He referred to Patisserie 46 as "very special," and described Kaysen as being "particularly influential."
His affinity for Minneapolis probably shouldn't be surprising. The Star Tribune notes Boulud was formerly Gavin Kaysen's mentor, with Kaysen working as chef de cuisine at Café Boulud before returning to Minneapolis.
Other foodie cities picked out by top chefs include San Francisco, Dublin, and San Sebastian in Spain, which has more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world.