This is the last week of open nominations for Eater Young Guns, our annual roll call of the next guard of talented restaurant professionals, chefs, and beyond. Friday is the deadline for nominations, but the good news is that the nomination process is simple: there is a short form, available here, that needs to be filled out. That's all.
Who qualifies? 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. 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.
After all nominations are submitted, we'll put our heads together with the legends of the industry in markets across the country who've agreed to serve on the Young Guns deliberation committee. They represent the entire country and include David Chang in New York, Alice Waters in San Francisco, Jose Andrés in DC, and our own Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson in Boulder. To keep things as transparent as possible, the entire process, from the nominations to the deliberations, will be presented in full view in this space. In June, we'll name this year's class and toast them at a gala event.