J. Kenji López-Alt
32, New York City
POSITION: Food Lab columnist and chief creative officer for SeriousEats.com
NOTABLE FOR: Feeding our nerdy love of the place where cooking meets science. López-Alt obsesses about the perfect way to cook everything from burgers and fries to soft-boiled eggs and ramen. Each installment of the MIT grad’s Food Lab online column is a little culinary workshop, precise and witty. If you want to know how to get restaurantburner heat for your home wok, read him. His first book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, to be released in two volumes next year, promises to make him the Harold McGee of a new generation.