After months of poring over thousands of nominations, interviewing chefs, grilling local Eater editors, and examining supporting material, the shortlist for the 2013 class of Eater Young Guns is complete and ready for its debut. The only real question is: Are you ready?
Eater Young Guns aims to identify the most promising up-and-coming talent in the restaurant industry, whether they're working as chefs or line cooks, wine and cocktail pros, 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.
Some will be complete unknowns and others perhaps have enjoyed a hint of public attention already. All will have distinguished themselves in the eyes of co-workers, chefs, and customers. Starting this week, Eater will present profiles of many of the 50, including recommendations from the selection committee, video profiles, and much more. And in late June, our Young Guns Class of 2013 will be unveiled.
Here are the New York area chefs and restaurateurs that made the list of 50 semi-finalists:
· Jen Davidson, general manager, Barbuto, New York
· Alex Pemoulie, co-owner and GM of Thirty Acres and Corporate Controller at Momofuku, Jersey City and New York City
· John Poiarkoff, sous chef, The Pines, New York
· Travis Swikard, executive sous chef, Boulud Sud, New York
· Jason Wang, president, Xi'an Famous Foods, New York