American Food Heroes

Our annual American Food Heroes list honors the people doing extraordinary things to make food better in our country.

2022 American Food Heroes

2022 American Food Heroes
With our sixth annual list, we celebrate the pursuits of those trying to make the world a better place through the great unifier—food.
COVID-19 Almost Shut Down America's Chinatowns. Grace Young Is Fighting to Keep Them in Business
The award-winning cookbook author is rallying against pandemic-related discrimination and anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate. Here's how you can join her.
Stephen Satterfield is Changing the Way We Tell Stories About Food
The founder of Whetstone Magazine and host of Netflix's High on the Hog knows that who tells the stories about food is as important as who they're about.
Can Regenerative Agriculture Save the World's Grasslands? This Rancher Says Yes
For almost 30 years, Daniela Ibarra-Howell has practiced holistic grazing on her Colorado ranch. And the results she's seen firsthand have propelled her to share that knowledge around the world through her work with the Savory Institute.
MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson Is Working to Strike Out Child Hunger
As the baseball player moved from one team to another, Granderson raised money for local food banks. But his heart never left his hometown of Chicago. That's where he started the Grand Kids Foundation, which encourages kids to be active and helps them get the healthy food they need to grow.
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This Doctor Is Prescribing Food as Medicine, and It's Making Patients Healthier
Timothy Harlan, executive director at the George Washington University Culinary Medicine Program, developed the "Health meets Food" nutrition and cooking curriculum for health professionals that's taught to medical students, residents and clinicians at over 60 medical schools and institutions across the country.
This CEO Is on a Mission to Eradicate Single-Use Packaging
Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle & Loop, is creating innovative products to help people move towards a zero-waste lifestyle.
2021 American Food Heroes

Our fifth annual list of people who are changing the food world in innovative and meaningful ways. Each of these visionaries exemplifies what's possible when passion meets action.