Eater’s annual nationwide search for the industry’s top up-and-coming talent is over, and three people in New York won spots in the 2018 class of Young Guns — a crew that represents who’s shaping the restaurant world across the country.
Out of more than 2,000 entries, MáLà Project restaurateur Amelie Kang, Union Square Hospitality Group cafe Daily Provisions’ pastry chef Daniel Alvarez, and DeVonn Francis, the creator of culinary and art event company Yardy, have been named Young Guns.
Kang opened her Sichuan hot pot restaurant at the end of 2016, and the success inspired an entire crew of young restaurateurs to open atmospheric Chinese restaurants in the East Village. Now, she has three restaurants and has plans to at least four more in the next year. Read all about Kang’s rise here.
The man behind Daily Provision’s addictive pastries — including that cruller — is Alvarez, who spent time working at Dominique Ansel’s bakery and previously was the pastry sous chef at Gramercy Tavern. Find out more about his goals and background here.
And Francis has become known for sold-out parties with an ethos of uplifting black and brown people within the food industry. The Jamaican American chef sees Yardy as a way to increase visibility and allow people to celebrate themselves on their own terms. See more on him here.