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Who Are Portland's Up-and-Coming Industry Pros?

eater-young-guns-2012.pngEater Young Guns is our annual roll call of the next guard, and the 2014 hunt is wrapping up soon. The aim of Young Guns is 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. As of last week, we have 850 nominations, but there's always room for more.

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 or Canada. Though you most likely haven't yet heard their names, they must show extraordinary promise.

Know an amazing young sommelier, an empire builder in the making, a burgeoning chef's chef? We want to hear about them. Starting right this second, we're asking for your nominations right here. This nomination process will be open through Wednesday, March 5, so do get those nominations in soon. Do you know someone who deserves to be honored as an Eater Young Gun? Fill out the nomination form here; if you have additional supporting materials, please send them our way at youngguns@eater.com.

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