Statesman.com reports. We have a Top Chef Winner, a James Beard winner, a Food and Wine Festival, two high-end grocery store headquarters and more. How did Austin go from being the Live Music Capitol to the Tasty Food Capitol? Everyone has their own theory on how Austin evolved from Tex Mex and Barbecue to tops for innovative food choices.
Colicchio from "Top Chef" puts the responsibility at the feet of UT.
Tim Zagat of Zagat Surveys says SXSW brings a lot of new people to the
area who could be responsible for the culinary revolution. It could
also be due to the fact that we Austinites love to eat. A 2009 study by
Bundle.com found that Austinites spend more on food than any other city
in the country, so it would naturally follow that our town would be a
great place to open a restaurant.
Another reason for our food
revolution is that Austin's relatively low cost of living and real
estate is attractive to many star chefs who come from expensive cities
on the coasts to live here, open a restaurant and raise their family at
the same time. Many of these transplant chefs also praise the sense of
community among cooks in town. Rather than be competitive, chefs here
support one another when one of them garners a big national prize or
television spot. It's just further evidence of the laid-back, friendly
environment Austin is famous for.
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