The Time 100 Most Influential People list came out today, honoring the great visionaries, thinkers, leaders, and artists around the world. This year’s crop of honorees includes Malala Yousfzai, Edward Snowden, Beyoncé, and Steve McQueen, as well as two influential figures in the food industry: chef Alice Waters, and Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
Waters, whose bio was written by New York Times food critic Ruth Reichel, is known as the pioneer of California cuisine, a specific cooking style that she revolutionized. Waters is praised by Reichel for her Edible Schoolyard Project, which proved, “that one passionate person can reshape the eating habits of a nation.”
Ertharin Cousin, whose bio was written by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, is being honored as a tireless soldier against world hunger through her position as the head of the UN World Food Programme. Her work’s goal is described as “nothing short of eradicating global hunger in our lifetimes, creating a world where no child or adult knows the feeling of an empty stomach.”
Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi