Molecular gastronomist Harold McGee,
author of the New York Times
column "The Curious Cook
," earned a #143 ranking on Time
magazine's annual 100 most influential people list
. Polling is entirely reader-generated, so the popularity contest has nothing to do with editorial opinions. Our food nerd hero beat out Oprah (#150), Steve Jobs (#174), Hillary Clinton (#183), Gawker overlord Nick Denton (#199), and the Dalai Lama (#207). McGee is the preeminent scholar of double-dipping
, and the greater intersection of food and chemistry.