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CHOW Honors 2011’s “Baker's Dozen” Who Are Changing the Way We Eat 

Honorees Include Designer Philippe Stark, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and YouTube Star Hannah Hart


SAN FRANCISCO (November 3, 2011) — The editors of today announced the recipients of the third annual CHOW 13 — a prestigious list identifying new directions in food, and honoring the people behind them.  This list of 13, chosen by CHOW editors, has inspired the trends that have grown beyond the food world into everyday culture. From Internet entrepreneurs to chefs to politicians, the CHOW 13 represents the people currently at the forefront of cooking innovation, whose influence will have impact on the way we eat for years to come. More information on the CHOW 13 can be found at:


"There is a tremendous amount of creativity in the food world these days.  People are experimenting, innovating and affecting not just what we eat but our culture in general,” said Jane Goldman, Editor in Chief, “We looked at the big trends we see emerging and searched for the creative forces behind them. Those people are our CHOW 13.  The list includes people and trends you might have heard of and many that you will hear more about in the year to come.”


This year's CHOW 13 winners (in alphabetical order) and the trend that they are noted for inspiring:


  •  SAM BOMPAS AND HARRY PARR: “Turning Dinner into Performance Art” - U.K. “jellymongers” known for creating massive architecture-inspired jellied desserts.


  •  ADAM FLEISCHMAN: “Postmodern Burgers” – Owner of L.A.’s Umami Burger restaurant, which blew the roof off the idea of what a burger could be, using sophisticated cooking techniques and complex, unusual flavor combinations.


  •  CONNIE GREEN: “The Proto Forager” - Proprietor of Wine Forest Wild Foods, which has supplied high-end chefs with everything from huckleberries to chanterelle mushrooms for the past 30 years.


  •  HANNAH HART: “Cooking Online Stars” - Creator of the YouTube cooking show spoof called My Drunk Kitchen.


  •  EDDIE HUANG: “Chefs Using Social Media” - Chef who parlayed his social media skills into mainstream media opportunities, a memoir in the works for a subsidiary of Random House, and a food and travel series for Cooking Channel (currently in development).


  •  ANDREW MASON: “Daily Deal Sites” - Founder of Groupon, the most popular online group coupon site for deals at high-end restaurants, which is changing the way customers decide when and where to eat out.


  •  TOM PETERS: “Belgian Beer Evangelist” - Co-owner of Monk’s Café, a Belgian beer bar and restaurant in Philadelphia that has 20 Belgian beers on tap at any one time, more than 300 bottles on the beer list, and another 350 aging in the cellar.


  •  PHILIP PRESTON: “Molecular Gastronomy for the Masses” - The mastermind behind beginner home molecular gastronomy products such as the immersion circulator (for cooking sous vide) and the Smoking Gun, which smokes foods without applying heat. 
  •  CHAD ROBERTSON: “Making Bread Cool Again” - Owner of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery and author of the New York Times bestseller, Tartine Bread. 
  •  LOUISE SLAUGHTER: “Meat Reform” - Democratic New York congresswoman determined to stop the rampant overuse of feedlot antibiotics. 
  •  PHILIPPE STARCK: “The Communal Table” - Hotel designer who used a 35-foot alabaster table as the centerpiece of the Asia de Cuba restaurant in Manhattan.  
  •  DAVID TRAN: “New Condiment King” - The man behind Huy Fong Foods, the Southern California company that started making "rooster"-brand Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce in the early 1980s.


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