TIME Magazine Releases “Most Influential” List Honoring David Chang, Michael Pollan

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Quite a few food-related names have made it onto the newly-published 2010 TIME 100 List of The World's Most Influential People, listed in categories of Leaders, Heroes, Artists, and Thinkers. Among the plethora of honorees are David Chang and Michael Pollan.

Momofuku owner and chef David Chang has achieved List status as Artist, namely because "when he opened Momofuku in New York in 2004, he reinvented the casual restaurant and changed the game" according to Ruth Reichl, who gave Chang a glowing review on TIME's website. Chang's menu progression from then until now has shown his adventurous side -- from soft pork buns and organic ramen to whipped tofu with sea urchins and tapioca.

Writer and TIME Thinker Michael Pollan is listed due to his thought-provoking documentary, "Food Inc.," as well as his books "Food Rules" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma."  He followed the journey of a single kernel of corn from the farm to the feed bin at a corn-fed beef ranch, then to the restaurant where the beef was served. This experience completely changed his way of thinking, and Pollan is now a renowned, passionate storyteller of the food industry. According to reviewer Alice Waters, Pollan "thinks about the ethical bonds that connect our bodies, farms, and food. In so doing, he has become an example to the rest of us."

In less-inspiring news, Gourmet Magazine made TIME's "Least Influential" List.  According to TIME's website, "the country is obsessed with food, and Gourmet folds after 68 years. Conde Nast would rather keep Bon Appetit."

Source: TIME.com

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