Re: I may be misunderstanding the process but...
The fact that Google's algorithm lifts the data from Wikipedia is due to Wikipedia's SEO. If the site were not so high on the rankings for these questions, the data wouldn't be pulled from Wikipedia to the SERP.
These boxes above the results also show from a large number of sites - try searching "how to make a..." and substituting some kind of food in there. For me, I got three different sites for three different recipes.
Further reading: https://searchengineland.com/get-featured-snippets-site-224959
In essence, Google implemented this into their algorithm but it's up to websites to take advantage of it.