Our first annual roll call of the next guard, Eater Young Guns, has gotten off to quite the start. Here now, an update, and a call to action for how you can help us continue the most democratic search ever for the industry's best young talent.
Quick refresher: Young Guns aims to identify the most promising up-and-comers in the restaurant and nightlife world, whether they're working as chefs or line cooks, sommeliers or bartenders, restaurateurs or maître d's. The criteria are simple. Nominees must be under 30 years of age (or have worked in their chosen field for less than five years) and must be currently employed in the hospitality industry in the United States. They must show extraordinary promise. To identify this talent, we've opened the nomination process to everyone.
Most everyone has responded. Since announcing EYG in late February, we've amassed over 1,350 nominations—an extraordinary start. So extraordinary, in fact, that we'll be closing the public nominations portion of the search sooner than we'd planned. In two weeks' time, on Friday March 30 at 5PM ET, public nominations will end.
So, know a Young Gun who deserves recognition? Get to it. The clock is ticking.
· Eater Young Guns Nominations [-E-]