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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.

6Brooke JohnsonBrooke Johnson

President, Food Network

Certainly more like it, Food Network's president Brooke Johnson reigns in the list of top 10 food authorities. Innovative and fast-to-act, Johnson has not only made food TV stars like Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray famous, she is also the in charge of all food content for Scripps Networks Interactive and recently launched Cooking Channel and a family of websites. Having engineered the development of Iron Chef America, it's clear that Johnson understands the power of turning food into entertainment, and it is likely that she'll keep finding new ways to do so.

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