Most Influential People in Food

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.")