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2010 TIME 100 List: Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl Pen Odes to Michael Pollan and David Chang

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The 2010 Time 100 hits newsstands with its roster of the world's most influential people. Counted among the ranks with Obama, Prince, Jet Li, and Lady Gaga, are four food-related folks; and the writers who pen their mini-litanies are almost as noteworthy. Ruth Reichl speaks up for Mr. "I will call bullsh-- on San Francisco": "Only David Chang would grate frozen foie gras and serve it with lychees;" Alice Waters writes on Michael Pollan's behalf, recounting her reaction to his diligent stalking of a kernel of corn from lab to restaurant plate: "I have not served corn-fed beef of any kind [since]. I was Pollanized — and I am not alone." Other notables: Broke Back Mountain director Ang Lee tells the tale of selfless Taiwanese vegetable vendor Chen Shu-chu; and Dan Barber, chef-owner of New York's Blue Hill composes this witty paean to Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan. More winners and losers can be found over here at Eater National.

· The 2010 Time 100: The World's Most Influential People [Time]
· Meanwhile in New York [~ ESF ~]

David Chang. [Photo: Peter Yang for TIME]