Eater is thrilled to present the much-anticipated Eater Young Guns Class of 2014, a group of 16 of the most distinguished young chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and hospitality industry professionals in the country. These are the culinary up-and-comers who have most distinguished themselves this year and who are its next stars. Special congratulations are in order for Sam Kincaid, pastry chef at Fork, High Street on Market, and a.kitchen. She and the rest of this year's Young Guns will be celebrated at a gala event tonight in Los Angeles.
The list of winners was selected from 50 semi-finalists (a group which also included Aaron Gottesman of the Fat Ham) and includes seven women and nine men. The youngest is just 23 and the oldest is 40, with less than a year of professional experience. There are chefs, sous chefs, pastry chefs, food truck operators, one GM, a butcher, a barista, a mixologist, and a pizza chef.
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