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Eater Young Guns: Help Us Find the Best New Talent in the Restaurant World

Chefs, butchers, bakers, managers, sommeliers, captains — who are the ones to watch in 2019?

Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

UPDATE: The 2019 nomination period has closed.

Before she won Top Chef, Mei Lin was an Eater Young Gun. Before she won a James Beard Award, Jessica Largey was an Eater Young Gun. Before his second restaurant became the hottest in New York City, Fabian von Hauske Valtierra was an Eater Young Gun.

And now, it’s time to start looking for our class of 2019.

What is Eater Young Guns?

Since 2012, Eater has honored up-and-coming talent in American hospitality. Eater Young Guns are the most inspiring young chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, managers, and hospitality professionals in the country.

More than just promising talents, these makers and doers are the leaders we want to see in the restaurant industry.

Who is eligible to be an Eater Young Gun?

Anyone in the hospitality industry in the United States under the age of 30 — or who has been in the field for less than five years — as of January 15, 2019. These are stars in the making who deserve attention for the work they’re putting in and the values they uphold as they do it.

Do you know someone who should be an Eater Young Gun?

Then fill out this nomination form by January 15, 2019. If you have additional supporting materials (anything from Instagram photos of brilliant pop-up menus to pastry glamour shots to local newspaper articles), please do include.

See some our previous winners here:


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