This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Zagat's 30 Under 30 Awards: Here's Who Made the Cut
Last night, L.A.'s food community gathered at the Emerson Theater in Hollywood to celebrate Zagat's annual 30 Under 30 Awards. The site toasted chefs, managers, somms, chocolatiers and small business owners who are paving the way at a very young age.
One of Zagat's L.A. Editors, Lesley Balla, hosted a Google hangout to coincide with the event, saying that our city is a "pioneer town," where young chefs from around the country come to plant roots and bring their culinary dreams into fruition. And it's not an easy gig.
Here's the full list of those who made the cut, along with their ages:
Sarah Asch, Pastry Chef, Tasting Kitchen (29)
Spencer Bezaire, Executive Chef, L&E Oyster Bar (27)
Stephanie Brown, Director of Food and Beverage, Avalon Hotel (29)
Alyson Bouncristiani, Managing Director and Events, Gravy Train Poutinerie (29)
Holden Burkons, Pastry Chef, Muddy Leek (28)
Beau du Bois, Head Bartender, The Corner Door (29)
Cole Dickinson, Chef de Cuisine, ink. (29)
Brian Dunsmoor, Co-Executive Chef, Hart and the Hunter (29)
Noah Ellis, Managing Partner, Red Medicine (29)
Meg Gill, Co-Founder and President, Golden Road Brewing (28)
Jonathan Grahm, CEO and Chocolatier, Compartes Chocolatier (28)
David Hands, Executive Chef, Bouchon Bistro (29)
Patrick Hotchkiss, General Manager, Hinoki & the Bird (27)
Rachel Kerswell, Sommelier, Osteria Mozza (29)
Maxwell Leer, Wine Director, Bestia (29)
Kevin Luzande, Chef de Cuisine, Playa (29)
Charlie Parker, Executive Chef, Freddy Smalls Bar + Kitchen (29)
Natasha Phan, Director of Business Development & Brand Marketing, Kogi and A-Frame (28)
Zach Pollack, Chef and Owner, Sotto (28)
Brian Quint, Beverage Director, Hungry Cat Hollywood (29)
Ashley Ragovin, General Manager, Trois Mec (29)
Douglas Rankin, Chef de Cuisine, Pigg at Umamicatessen (27)
Trevor Rocco, Executive Chef, Red Hill (27)
Hourie Sahakian, Head Baker, Short Cake (25)
Daniel Shemtob, Founder and Owner, TLT Food and The Lime Truck (24)
Nikki Sunseri, Beverage Director, Little Dom’s and Dominick’s (29)
Ari Taymor, Executive Chef and Owner, Alma (27)
Miles Thompson, Executive Chef, Allumette (24)
Santos Uy, Owner and Wine Director, Papilles and Mignon (29)
Raymond Weber, Chef de Cuisine, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air (29)
And if you're more into visual, you can watch a video of the live coverage below.