Saveur's editor-in-chief James Oseland (whom you likely know as a critic on Top Chef Masters) has loosened his bow tie and declared, in a piece today on MSNBC about the top food trends of 2012, that Kansas City will have "its moment in 2012."
Amid praise for the layer cake, homemade pickles and meatloaf, Oseland believes that while Portland, Oregon, is still the next great eating city, Kansas City will be pulling in diners from across the country, as well. He writes:
This Midwestern city has a deep-rooted food culture that’s been around for well over a century, one that’s now poised to reinvigorate itself and position the city as a new culinary destination. We all know about Kansas City’s reputation as a great barbecue town, but recently there’s been a fantastic wave of smart, new high-end cooking that’s been lighting a fire in the heart of America. Laying the foundation are chefs like Debbie Gold, Celina Tio, and Colby Garrelts, whose restaurants (American Restaurant, Julian and Bluestem, respectively) are galvanizing the area’s independent and organic farmers and producers, and inspiring Kansas City’s next generation of chefs to reach for new heights.
Credit Julian's Celina Tio with impressing Oseland on Top Chef Masters and convincing one of the nation's tastemakers that the tastes of Kansas City are worth celebrating. We're moving closer to the point where Kansas City is no longer recognized for its potential but for the fact that its cuisine has already arrived.