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David Chang Names Cheesecake Factory ‘Most Important Restaurant In America’

Bon Appetit’s Editor-In-Chief Andrew Knowlton released his list of the 20 Most Important Restaurants in America for 2013, which pretty thoroughly covers the biggest trend-setters in the country, as opposed to the most highly-regarded or upscale options. Then, as a courtesy, he asked the owners of those 20 restaurants what single joint they thought was the most important.

Naturally, David Chang’s Momofuku empire snagged the number one spot on Knowlton’s list, but, in a perfect example of his high-low sensibilities, Chang named The Cheesecake Factory as the most important dining establishment in the country. We’ve heard this argument before, and Chang confirmed: “Cheesecake Factory. Seriously. They consistently make more people happy than any other restaurant. We can all learn a lot from them.”

Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko in Austin also chose a chain restaurant, answering, “Chipotle. Why? Their utilization of sustainably sourced goods, food made fresh daily, and, with thousands of locations, their overall reach.”

You can check out all the Chefs’ Picks here and Bon Appetit’s list in full here.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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