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Eater’s Looking for the Best Young Restaurant Talent. Will You Help Us Find Them?

Nominate the inspiring young restaurant professionals in the country for the Eater Young Guns Class of 2020

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 2020 nomination period has closed.

In 2019, Eater singled out 12 extraordinary rising stars from the food and restaurant world. There were dinners in their honor — and profiles, too. We’ve shared their favorite products, playlists, and life hacks. Eater hosted its first-ever day-long summit, with panels and workshops dedicated to the concerns of young people in hospitality. And it’s time to do it all again.

Use the nomination form below to tell us: Who are the most inspiring young chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, managers, and hospitality professionals in the country?

More than just promising young talents, these are the makers and doers we want to see leading the restaurant industry, with a sureness of purpose and an utterly unique point of view. These talented individuals deserve attention for the work they’re putting in and the values they uphold as they do it. Of course, there’s some fine print, too. To be eligible, nominees must be based in the United States and under the age of 30 — or with fewer than five years of experience in the hospitality industry — as of January 15, 2020. Nominations will close at 3 p.m. EST on January 17, 2020.

The Eater Young Guns Class of 2019 on stage at the Eater Young Guns Summit, surrounded by confetti. Alyssa Ringler
Jason Chow stands behind a table with a butchered pig, for his butchery demo at the Eater Young Guns Summit. Alyssa Ringler
Francesca Chaney smiles beside a flower arrangement and the Eater logo. Ryan Muir

The Class of 2019 on stage at the Eater Young Guns Summit. Left: Young Gun Jason Chow (’19) hosts a butcher demo at the Eater Young Guns Summit. Right: Young Gun Francesca Chaney (’19) at Eater’s Ode to Princess Pamela dinner event.

See some of our previous winners here:


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