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Dave Arnold ’93

Sure, Hillary Clinton ’73JD is the Eli who made the biggest splash in the news this week. But she got her turn as Yalie of the Week months ago. Instead, we bring you Dave Arnold ’93, a culinary mad scientist just named by Esquire as one of its “Best and Brightest of 2008.” Known for his manic energy (New York chef Wylie Dufresne, a friend, suggested to Time that “he’s probably a little ADD”), Arnold is a tireless experimenter who has been known to use rotary evaporators, an immersion blender of his own design, and a 1950s centrifuge in his quest for epicurean innovation. As director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute, he’s leading a revolution in cooking science. “There’s no reason you can’t mess with anything and everything,” he told Esquire.

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