Bon Appétit Lists Tastemakers for 2012

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Who made the cut for Bon Appétit’s inaugural list of 26 tastemakers?

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Bon Appétit’s March issue will debut their inaugural list of tastemakers, naming 26 people who have a constant hand in what we eat and where we eat it. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, feels that "good taste is about more than just great recipes, it’s about people, too. So let’s toast the butchers, the bakers, the artisanal cheesemakers, and the playboy hotelier who is now busy raising chickens."

So who made the list for 2012?

Alice Waters and unlikely partner in all-things-gardening Jake Gyllenhaal made the list under the category "Garden Revolutionaries" for their work helping schools grow and eat natural, fresh foods. Then, they named Michael Kors to the list because of his endlessly chic and cool travels around the globe. He’s contributed to stories for everyone from Bon Appétit to Travel + Leisure, giving tips on where to eat in Capri, Italy, and beyond.

From there, they include Ignacio Mattos and Taavo Somer, the restaurateurs who recently opened the avant-garde Brooklyn eatery Isa, as well as Chad Robertson, the baker behind the beloved Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. They also laud the efforts of Paul Greenberg, the ultimate advocate for eating sustainable fish, as well as the efforts of Pippa Lord, who started SousStyle.com, a seriously cool blog featuring pictures and stories of hip young people cooking in their apartments around the world.

And of course, they included the sudden locavore André Balazs, who recently bought a farm in upstate New York and is raising chickens that he’s supplying to The Standard Grill in New York City.

How does their Tastemakers list compare to our list of the most powerful people in food