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Ladies and gentlemen, Eater is thrilled to present the much-anticipated Eater Young Guns Class of 2014, a group of 16 of the most distinguished young chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and hospitality industry professionals in the country. And we're extra-pleased to announce that Portland's own Nora Antene, pastry chef extraordinaire at Le Pigeon and the buzzy pop-up Limited Company, is among the class deemed the "junior statesmen of the culinary world." Why is she a Young Gun? Antene's former boss, Tony Galzin of Chicago's MK, was among those who nominated her, writing that Antene "was a kitchen favorite because of her talent, and great attitude." In her semifinalist interview with Eater National, Antene described her approach as making "show-stopping" desserts... "you have to try a little harder to convince people to eat a little more."
Congrats are also in order to Holdfast Dining's Joel Stocks, a 2014 semifinalist: The 26-year-old was praised during the nomination process for having a "great deal of care, forethought, intelligence, training, love and mastery of touch." Antene and the entire Eater Young Guns Class of 2014 will be celebrated at a gala event in Los Angeles this evening.