The 60 (Plus) Coolest People in Food and Drink

July 7, 2015
By: Colman Andrews , The Daily Meal

Who's hot in the culinary world? Who cares. We'd rather celebrate who's cool

What makes somebody cool? The Oxford English Dictionary lists fully 21 meanings of the word as an adjective, of which the most pertinent here is a portion of 2.d. Cool in that sense, says the OED, means "…assured and unabashed where diffidence and hesitation would be expected." That works for us. In that context (which the dictionary traces back to 1723, incidentally), we'd add such qualities as imperturbability, originality, self-awareness and a capacity for self-mockery, and probably usually some kind of quiet courage.

Cool people are people who are true to themselves, and don't care much about fad or fashion. They got over the joke of "irony" long ago. They're real. Hipsters aren't cool, though the cool can be hip. Cool is the opposite of trendy, the antithesis of hot. James Dean was cool. Miles Davis was cool. Snoopy was cool, except maybe with that Red Baron stuff.

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