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.

By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2016

Zach Brooks: Food Blogger

Photo © Alexandra Penfold.

If chefs now think launching a food truck is a good idea, they may have Brooks to thank. Four years ago, the 34-year-old launched his Midtown Lunch website in Manhattan with the belief that a tasty, $10-or-less lunch is every office worker's inalienable right. Now he has thousands of followers with whom he shares his discoveries of schnitzel trucks and the like, and he has expanded to L.A. and Philadelphia.

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Siggi Hilmarsson

Sam Kass

Zach Brooks

Robert Litt

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Matt Timms

Michael Kirban & Ira Liran

Emily Olson & Rob LaFave

Brendan Newman & Rico Gagliano

Matthew Cain

Anya Fernald

Kenji Lopez-Alt

Frances Ro

Charles Bieler

Chris Parachini & Brandon Hoy

Tata Harper

Annemarie Ahearn

Minh Tsai

Amanda Hesser

Matt Jennings

Alison Pincus

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Rob Cooper

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Peter Karpinski

Nicolas Jammet, Nathaniel Ru & Jonathan Neman

Zac Triemert

Anthony Myint & Danny Bowien

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