Two members of the culinary elite make Time’s list of the 100 most influential people
Two celebrities of the culinary academy have officially made Time’s twelfth annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. While chefs and restaurateurs have made the list in years past, it’s always refreshing to see such recognition for innovators in the food industry. In 2015, Time included legendary cookbook author Ina Garten, as well as Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, joining the ranks of past culinary honorees such as David Chang, Grant Achatz and Alex Atala, according to Eater.
It’s no surprise that Garten landed on this annual list. Her write up on Time was penned by none other than music superstar Taylor Swift, who praised Garten for her “warmth and generosity.” The chef is known for her Food Network program, “Barefoot Contessa,” in which she walks through approachable recipes and provides tips to save time that are perfect for any home cook. While she has no formal training, Garten has become a master of French cuisine and has authored numerous critically-acclaimed cookbooks.
In his piece for Time about Meyer, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio stated, “As Danny’s business has grown, from a single restaurant to a nearly $2 billion Shake Shack burger empire with outlets around the world, its core has never changed. It’s what has made him a leader in our industry.”
Meyer has helped redefine the fast food industry by making customer service and quality top priorities, and has challenged the tropes of American cuisine. Today, Shake Shack is recognized across the globe, and has made Meyer a major cultural and culinary influence. His other ventures include Union Square Cafe, The Modern, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 at MoMa and Maialino.