Now that the public nomination period for this year's Eater Young Guns competition has ended and the official Selection Committee is fully onboard, it's time to tabulate. Eater editors and the Committee will be spending the next few weeks pouring over the candidates, debating their qualifications, and narrowing the list down to a group of 50 of semi-finalists. In the meantime, here's a snapshot of the candidate break down.
Total public nominations: 2334
South/Southeast nominees: 118
California nominees: 123
Rocky Mountain region nominees: 50
Midwest nominees: 160
Mid-Atlantic nominees: 66
Pacific Northwest nominees: 49
Northeast nominees: 86
Texas nominees: 81
New York nominees: 175
Canadian nominees: 23
Youngest nominees: This nine year-old, followed by this 13 year-old.
Oldest nominee: Alicia Scotti, a Bronx pie baker in her mid-50s who launched Pie Country two years ago.
Highest number of public nominations: Heather Fitz Maurice, 25, Manager at Bourbon Steak, Miami (54 nominations)
Most unusual titles: Master of Ceremonies, Archivist, Tea Guru
Number of Whisky Sommliers: 1
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