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Matt Timms: Contest Impresario

These 40 up-and-comers—all 40 years old or younger—are changing the way Americans eat and drink, from a vodka distiller who rewrote Nebraska's Prohibition-era laws to a White House chef who's fiercely fighting to improve school-lunch programs.

Matt Timms: Contest Impresario

Matt Timms

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In founding Chili Takedown competitions, Matt Timms, 36, has created a new way for amateur cooks to become part of a food community—through raucous events that are part Pillsbury Bake-Off, part WWE match. Contestants compete in categories like "best lamb" or "best grits"—all for the old-fashioned glory of winning before a crowd of their peers.

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