Far from the chefs who often top such lists, this top 50 focuses on the CEOs, leaders and executives of the world's largest corporations, governments and organizations that influence our food industry on a global scale.
Top of the list sits Thomas Vilsack, secretary of the United State's Department of Agriculture. He's followed by the CEOs of both Monsanto and Walmart in second and third respectively.
Among the presidents and execs are just two chefs - Jose Andres and Thomas Keller, both deemed less powerful than Pete Wells, restaurant critic at the New York Times, who ranks in at 14th on the list.
Now a three-Michelin-star restaurant, Noma has changed, but not necessarily on the plate. According to Kenneth Foong, it's all about the way the team works, which is closer to a tech company than a traditional restaurant. Read our exclusive interview with Noma's head chef.