The Gods of Food

TIME picks the people who most influence what we eat-and how we think about it

Photograph by Martin Schoeller for TIME

Man doesn't live by Bread alone, and while this pantheon of providers is human, they do more than sate hunger. Today's masters of haute cuisine don't cater only to the 1%: their impact is felt even by those who would never eat a Michelin-starred meal. They are thought leaders and advocates, who not only prepare extraordinary meals but also tell us why we may be doing good for the planet by eating well. Other influencers are less well known but no less powerful: farmers, activists, bureaucrats and businessmen who help determine what goes on your plate or in your cup. Here...

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