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The 10 most powerful food people in America

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Most powerful names in food industry

Who do you think are the most powerful food people in America? We were surprised by TheDailyMeal.com’s list – Emeril didn’t cut it, we’d never heard of some of the “big names”, and, though we may think celeb chefs and cookbook authors are the authorities in food, it turns out there are quite a few other people who have a huge influence on our America diets. Here are the 10 most powerful food folk in America, according to TheDailyMeal.com.

8Sam SiftonSam Sifton

Restaurant Critic, the New York Times

More in line with our power foodie thinking (this guy can make a difference in your choice of dining in NYC!), restaurant critic Sam Sifton made it into the top 10 list of powerful food folk. As Frank Bruni's opinionated successor at The New York Times, Sifton has certainly curried controversy with his often unexpected assessments of New York City eating places and his surprising awarding of stars. Backed by the NYT, Sifton wields the power to make or break NYC restaurants, making Sifton undeniably America's preeminent restaurant reviewer.

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