These 40 up-and-comersall 40 years old or youngerare 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.
Rob Cooper: Spirits Inventor
Photo courtesy of Cooper Spirits / Eisenhut and Mayer Wien.
A third-generation distiller, the 33-year-old Rob Cooper is one of the most influential spirits makers in the country. His deliciously subtle St-Germain elderflower liqueurmade with petals picked by hand each spring in the French Alpspermanently altered the cocktail menus at bars everywhere. He aims to repeat the feat with Crème Yvette, a violet liqueur based on a long-lost Cooper family recipe.
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