Here at Food & Wine, we can’t stop thinking about impact.
This past year and a half has shown that the world can shift under our feet at any given moment. But these challenging times have also proved the power that people with a good idea can have, and the massive and positive difference innovation can make in the world. That’s why we’re choosing to honor and celebrate the people, products, organizations, and movements who are changing the culinary world for the better.
We are excited to introduce you to Food & Wine‘s inaugural list of Game Changers.
This new annual list doesn’t consist just of industry insiders, nor does it place emphasis and priority on being new. These 25 honorees are all leaders in the culinary field who push their peers to dream bigger and innovate harder. They are transforming how we, as a society, collectively eat, cook, drink, and travel — and that is no small feat.
This year’s 25 Game Changers include the woman building a vegan dairy empire, the cookbook publisher creating a more accessible and sustainable publishing model, the chef who refuses to play by any of the traditional restaurant rules, the nonprofit feeding undocumented hospitality workers and their families, the chocolate companies fighting for an ethical supply chain, and the tech company determined to bring a kinder and more equitable restaurant delivery model to the masses.
We are floored by their talent, their vision, and their hopes for the future. We believe in their lasting impact. Read on to meet the inaugural class of Food & Wine Game Changers.
-Khushbu Shah, Restaurant Editor
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Nguyen Coffee Supply is bringing single-origin Vietnamese coffee to as many cups as possible. Read More.
This baker is breaking down bread barriers, one loaf at a time. Read More.
The contrarian chef has found success in refusing to run a traditional restaurant. Read More.
The activist and sommelier is not afraid of hard conversations. Read More.
Bainbridge has helped normalize not drinking alcohol. Read More.
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At her creamery, Miyoko Schinner is transforming the world of vegan dairy. Read More.
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The mayor of Flavortown has raised millions of dollars for restaurant employees in need. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read More.