Eater is once again on the hunt for the nation's top young chefs, bartenders, and food industry professionals to join its 2017 Young Guns class. Whether they're working the line, managing front of house, shaking cocktails, or kickstarting a restaurant empire, Eater is looking for the best.
Over the past several years, Detroit’s culinary scene has produced three Eater Young Guns — Dorothy Elizabeth of Standby, Sister Pie founder Lisa Ludwinski, and chef Garrett Lipar of Torino and Marais. With your help, they’ll soon be joined by a new group of talented up-and-comers. Nominations are open right now. Here’s what you need to know:
What are the criteria?
Nominees must be under 30 years of age — or have worked in their field for less than five years — as of April 30, 2017, and must be currently employed in the hospitality industry in the United States or Canada. They're not yet household names, but they show extraordinary promise. They’re working with their heads down and haven't received recognition they deserve.
How do I submit nominations?
To find these rising stars, we're first-off opening up nominations to the public. Know an amazing young sommelier, a genius baker in the making, or a burgeoning chef? We want to hear about them. Fill out the submission form between now and March 20, and make sure to gather plenty of interesting details to support your candidate. Anything from Instagram photos of brilliant pop-up menus to pastry glamor shots and local newspaper articles are welcome and help the committee get to know your candidate better. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Who judges Eater Young Guns?
Once all the nominees are in, a Young Guns selection committee will select the winners. The class 2017 class will be announced later this year.