Portrait of Trevino Sauceda with 2021 American Food Heroes written in the lower portion of the frame

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.

If there was ever a time for visionary leadership, it was 2020, one of the most tumultuous years in living memory. So this year EatingWell is particularly thrilled to present our fifth class of American Food Heroes: 10 brilliant farmers, corporate executives, doctors, advocates and chefs—some of whom wear many of these hats at the same time.

Each year since 2017, our editors have consulted with experts around the country as well as you, our readers, to nominate people who are changing the way we eat. We've chosen many of this year's honorees for the ways they have illuminated new paths out of the morass of problems our country has been dealing with. Be it distributing masks and meals, championing plant-based eating to help both people and planet, or supporting young farmers, they're building an America that is more environmentally responsible, more racially and economically equitable, and healthier. Most of all, they show that change is possible—and how all of us, working together, can accomplish it.

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