Over the last decade, Time’s annual list of the “100 Most Influential People” has included such food-world luminaries as the chefs Grant Achatz, Roy Choi, and José Andrés. This year’s list includes two of the biggest names in American food right now, both of whom you could call ambassadors for cooking: the contagiously enthusiastic Samin Nosrat of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat fame and the one and only Chrissy Teigen. Also on the list is Massimo Bottura, the influential Italian chef whose avant-garde cooking at Osteria Francescana is considered some of the best in the world.
In what can only be described as a great decision, the Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert wrote about Teigen and described her cooking as “truly excellent” while adding “she remembers where she came from, and she’s very proud of that.” Alice Waters fittingly was asked to say some words about Nosrat (who worked for Waters at Chez Panisse), and she captures how seemingly everyone feels about the author and television host. “There is magic in the way Samin teaches,” she writes, arguing that Nosrat shares “a universal message, and it’s one we have forgotten: that cooking is about care.” For his part, Bottura is celebrated by the artist JR not only for his food but for the community kitchens — “a place where you come and we treat you like anyone else, with respect and dignity” — that the chef launched and which JR brought to Paris.
Grub Street would also like to extend a special shout out to a couple more Grub Street Diet alums, too: the fantastic author Marlon James, whose opinions about food we know are very strong, and the hilariously incisive Hasan Minhaj.