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.

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Jim Gossen
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Gossen

Jim Gossen

64, Houston, Texas

POSITION: Cofounder of Foodways Texas, chairman of Louisiana Foods Global Seafood Source

NOTABLE FOR: Promoting thehealth and viability of Gulf seafood. LFGSS’s Total Catch weekly market created retail demand for bycatch—lesser-known fish netted accidentally and often wasted. LFGSS is his prime business, but he’s also helping rebuild the Gulf ’s oyster population, depleted by hurricanes, drought, and the 2010 oil spill. He’s a Gulf champion, grounded in reality: “Convincing the world that the products are as good and wholesome as products from other seas across the world will take time and effort.”

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