I am armed with several compelling reasons why Top Chef must be here. I list a bunch of reasons below. If this post doesn’t get much traction right away, I’ll just come up with more reasons, not the least of which, “It would make me deliriously happy.”
Before I begin my list, a quick word on location, and why I’m campaigning for Top Chef Minneapolis and not Top Chef Twin Cities or Top Chef St. Paul. Honestly, I would be fine with any of the above, but in a world where sometimes people call our state “fly over space” Minneapolis has more notoriety than perhaps St. Paul. Heck, I knew people on the East Coast who thought Minneapolis was the state, not Minnesota! For the record, I love St. Paul – I went to school at Macalester, I got married on Summit Avenue, I lived on Grand Avenue and I go there whenever I can. My point is, pick any or all of the cities in Minnesota, I just want Top Chef here. Clear?
Now, on with my top 10 persuasive reasons:
- We have a thriving food scene and a ton of personalities to be captivating judges. For example, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, is the hippest food writer ever, in my opinion, and one of Minneapolis’ best assets. Check out the Dara & Co blog where she and other uber-talented writers chat about the Twin Cities food life.
- We have top chefs. It sounds a little like a tautology: Top Chef should come to Minneapolis because we have top chefs. But, it’s true! Bar La Grassa is a 2010 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist and Tim McKee, owner of La Belle Vie, won the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest. I can list many other outstanding chefs, but I’m going to save them if I need to campaign with additional reasons.
- Andrew Zimmern.
- Amazing original restaurants coming up with creative ideas every single day. Off the top of my head I can name Pizzeria Lola, Bar Lurcat and Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge.
- We boast beautiful scenery. The Mississippi River cuts right through downtown, the Stone Arch Bridge is breathtaking, we have 22 city lakes, an impressive cityscape with brand spanking new stadiums, and a surprising amount of green space. This is a very livable city and would represent very well on camera. I promise! I’m thinking about summer, but heck, come in winter too for ice fishing. We rock all year round.
- What is Top Chef without Whole Foods? We have two locations!
- Mega Food Production. Minnesota is one of the top food producing states in the nation. We are impressive and diverse. We have big agriculture, CSAs, farmers markets and lots of other progressive food production activities.
- Mega Food Processing. Betty Crocker, Pillsbury Dough Boy, Trix Rabbit, yeah, they’re all from here. Minneapolis is home to General Mills and a whole host of other food companies. Didn’t know that? Silly rabbit!
- If you bring Top Chef to Minneapolis, you will have a unique opportunity to highlight the famous Minnesota accent. We are adorable and great TV when you hear us say “Minn-a-soh-tah” and turn the word “no” into three syllables – “Noh-o-ah.”
- Plenty of choices for kitschy quick fire challenges. Can’t you just picture a hotdish challenge, or best dish on a stick?
I have more reasons, like I want to meet Tom Colicchio, but I’m going to save them because I have a small blog readership and the chance that this will hit big on the first shot is pretty slim.
So, stay tuned, and if you are a believer, help me get Top Chef to Minneapolis! Who’s with me!?