20 Food Heroes

Food in America is getting better on every front. Some of the people here are lions in their fields—still roaring. Others are just getting started. We salute them.

J. Kenji López-Alt
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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.

TWITTER: @thefoodlab

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