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Yesterday's post about Rachael Ray got readers all steamed up.

It brings up an interesting question that I'm sure we can all tackle with passion, and bring a positive light to this whole argument.

The task for today is: name the people in food you find influential, and give us a few words (no more than 20!) on why.

(Example: "Julia Child - because she joyfully brought us French technique, made us laugh, and encouraged us to get our hands deep into food.")