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Meet the Eater Young Guns Final 50 LAST CALL

Kahan for Michael McAvena
Kahan for Michael McAvena

What started in March with a public call for nominations, of which we received 2,500, will come to an end on Monday when we announce our Eater Young Guns Class of 2012. You've met some of the final 50 over the last two weeks. In reverse chron, Adam Leonti, Matt Rudofker, Cole Dickinson, Bradley Herron, Tim Maslow, Titus Wang, Ashley Santoro, Chris Donato, Tara Emerson, and Michael McAvena have been featured with letters of recomendation and other assorted supporting material. Above we add recomendations for Mallory Staley, Stephen Trevino, and Daniel Felder of American Cut, Congress, and Momofuku Labs, respectively.

And, once again, here is the full list of the 50 finalists:

1. Kate Barney, Blue Hill Stone Barns, New York
2. Jessica Carney, GT Fish & Oyster, Chicago
3. Joe Cicala, Le Virtu, Philadelphia
4. Owen Clark, Gwynnett St., New York
5. Aaron Cuschieri, Takashi, Chicago
6. Matt Danko, The Greenhouse Tavern/Noodlecat, Cleveland
7. Andrew Delvecchio, Talde, New York
8. Cole Dickinson, ink., Los Angeles
9. Bobby Domenick, Vetri, Philadelphia
10. Chris Donato, Pizzeria Locale, Boulder
11. Rob Dort, Plum, Oakland
12. Tara Emerson, Tavern, Los Angeles
13. Dan Felder, Momofuku Culinary Lab, New York
14. Cosmo Goss, Publican Quality Meats, Chicago
15. Shore Gregory, Island Creek Oyster Bar/Island Creek Oyster Farm, Boston
16. Conor Hanlon, The Dutch, Miami
17. Bradley Herron, Michael's Genuine, Miami
18. Adam Horton, Raphael, Los Angeles
19. Brad Kilgore, Azul, Miami
20. Kyle Knall, Gramercy Tavern, New York
21. Jeremiah Langhorne, McCrady's, Charleston
22. Adam Leonti, Vetri, Philadelphia
23. Malcolm Livingston, wd~50, New York
24. Colin Lynch, Menton, Boston
25. Jeff Mahin, Stella Rossa, Los Angeles
26. Angela Majko, Uchiko, Austin
27. Tim Maslow, Strip T's, Watertown, MA
28. Michael McAvena, The Publican, Chicago
29. Kevin McMullen, El Ideas, Chicago
30. Thomas McNaughton, flour+water, San Francisco
31. Bill Montaigne, Le Bernardin, New York
32. Mira Munoz, Beast, Portland, OR
33. Bill Niles, St. Vincent's, San Francisco
34. Stephanie Nudelman, Greenburgers, San Francisco
35. Christina Olufson, Lucques Group, Los Angeles
36. Natasha Phan, Kogi Group, Los Angeles
37. David Posey, Blackbird, Chicago
38. Brooks Reitz, Fig, Charleston
39. Matt Rudofker, Momofuku Ssam Bar, New York
40. Ashley Santoro, Casa Mono, New York
41. Daniel Snowden, The Publican, Chicago
42. Mallory Staley, American Cut, Atlantic City
43. Rene Stein, Seasonal, New York
44. Eli Sussman, Mile End, New York
45. Stephen Trevino, Congress, Austin
46. Edie Ugot, The Spotted Pig, New York
47. Titus "Danny" Wang, Annisa, New York
48. Andrew Wisehart, Contigo, Austin
49. Erling Wu-Bower, The Publican, Chicago
50. Paul Yeck, America Eats Tavern, Washington DC

As hopefully the last two weeks have made clear, in these final 50 we have some incredibly talented folks. It's been a good show getting this far, we do hope; and when we announce our winners, when we reveal these young whippersnappers to the world and set them off to do great things, we think you'll be excited for them, too. To that end, do tune in at 1 PM EST on Monday, when we'll announce our 16 Young Guns for 2012 across Eater sites.

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