It’s time once again to open up nominations for Young Guns, Eater’s annual search to identify the most promising talent in the restaurant industry. Young Guns aims to honor up-and-comers who are making the dining world a better place, whether they’re behind the bar, working the line, running the front of house, working behind the scenes, or kickstarting a restaurant empire.
Since 2012, Eater’s been celebrating Young Guns, and our alums continue to make their mark on the industry. Across the country, they’ve opened restaurants, received James Beard nods, earned Michelin stars, won Top Chef, and racked up other accolades. With your help, they’ll soon be joined by the next class of trailblazers.
To find these rising stars, we’re opening Young Guns nominations up to the public. Know an amazing young sommelier, a genius butcher in the making, or a burgeoning chef? We want to hear about them. Then we’ll put our heads together with the legends of the industry and other experts who serve on the Young Guns selection committee.
Nominees must be under 30 years of age — or have worked in their field for less than five years — as of April 30, 2018, and must be currently employed in the hospitality industry in the United States. They’re not yet household names, but they show extraordinary promise.They’re working with their heads down and haven’t received the nationwide recognition they deserve.
Do you know someone who deserves to be honored? Please head right this way to our nomination form to submit them for consideration; nominations are open through Monday, March 19. If you have additional supporting materials (anything from Instagram photos of brilliant pop-up menus or pastry glamor shots to local newspaper articles), please do include.