Who are the coolest food and drink people in the world? The Daily Meal, a website usually known for suspect lists and trolling food critics, has some thoughts on the subject, with its annual survey of "The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food & Drink."
In Dallas-Fort Worth, only one person makes the cut: chef and Food Network regular Tim Love. Other Texans on the list include James Beard Award winner Robert Del Grande from Houston, Austin celebrity pitmaster Aaron Franklin and vodka mogul Tito Beveridge. Nationally, the list comprises a who's who of media adulation, with names like David Chang, Andrew Zimmern and First Lady Michelle Obama.
So, whatever the merits of the honor, at least Love is in good company.
The Daily Meal applauds Love for serving kangaroo carpaccio, rabbit-rattlesnake sausage and Rocky Mountain elk loin at Lonesome Dove. "He's also a nice guy, a real dude and a great cook — one of the rare ones to have bested Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef America. Pretty cool," reads the site.
The Daily Meal admits that defining cool is tricky but writes that "cool people are true to themselves and don't serve the masters of fad or fashion. Hipsters aren't cool. Cool is the opposite of trendy, the antithesis of 'hot.' If you think you're cool, you probably aren't."
Thankfully, the list isn't ranked. Trying to rank coolness is definitely not cool.