From the only female kaiseki chef to a punk rocker who traded drum sticks for veggie burgers, here's a look at the coolest kitchen-runners in America.

Once upon a time, kids dreamed of becoming rock stars, banging away on beat-up guitars in their garages, picturing the dingy clubs where they'd be discovered. Today, they're just as likely to gain stardom from their sauté pans, fantasizing about hitting it big with the next cronut. With food TV shows on every hour of the day – from the glamorous slow-mo of Netflix's Chef's Table to the cheeseball competition of MasterChef Junior - there's no profession more in the spotlight than chef. And while, like music, cooking has its share of poseurs, it's chefs like these 10 who are using their notoriety to make big changes in the way we eat, think, and even understand one another.