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.