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- What it means to eat and drink well depends on who you ask.
- However, it’s clear that modern eating means an appreciation for sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity.
- We asked you to nominate the most innovative, trend-setting, impactful, and influential people in the ever-changing worlds of food and drink.
- The result is Business Insider’s inaugural Food 100, a ranking of the 100 coolest people in food and drink.
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What it means to eat and drink well depends on who you ask, but one thing is clear when it comes to modern eating habits — there’s little space for stuffy, quiet restaurants with stiff white tablecloths, and plenty of appreciation for exploratory dining that also focuses on sustainability, diversity, and inclusivity.
Inspired by the hugely successful Tech 100, Business Insider is launching its first ever Food 100 — a ranking of the 100 coolest people in the world of food and drink, with a particular focus on Europe and North America.
Last year, we asked you to nominate the most innovative, trend-setting, impactful, and influential people in the ever-changing and always exciting worlds of food and drink.
Now, we’ve whittled your suggestions — along with plenty of our own — down to the 100 coolest people in 2019.
We define "cool" as having done something influential and interesting within the past year or so — whether that’s launching an innovative product, solving an everyday problem, excelling in the kitchen, or simply exposing the world to a way of eating and drinking they’ve never before considered.
Scroll down to see the inaugural Business Insider Food 100, ranked in ascending order.
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100. Jessie Ware — Host of podcast "Table Manners"
Jessie Ware may be primarily a singer, but she’s increasingly making a name for herself as a podcast host. Ware started "Table Manners" with her chef mother Lennie in 2017. Inspired by the raucous dinners of their Jewish family, the podcast sees the mother and daughter duo joined round their kitchen table by celebrity guests such as Ed Sheeran, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Sam Smith for a home-cooked meal to discuss food, family, and more.
99. Tom Mercer — Founder of MOMA Foods
Former management consultant Tom Mercer was fed up with boring, unhealthy breakfasts, so he decided to make his own. Back in 2005, he started his brand as a food stall in London’s stations and got up at 1.45 a.m. every morning to make and sell his bircher muesli and "oatie" shakes.
From there, MOMA (which stands for "Making Oats More Awesome") grew and grew. Its range of porridges, smoothies, and breakfast pots are now stocked in supermarkets, stations, online, and in coffee shops across the UK. Founder Mercer was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, but continues to lead his company to new heights and deliver healthy, convenient, and delicious breakfasts to the masses.
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