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17 Days Left To Send Young Gun Nominations

A friendly reminder to send in your nominations for this year's class of Eater Young Guns. In the past two weeks, we've received 1400 nominations; help us make sure that San Diego is well-represented by getting those local names in.

The aim of Young Guns, which launched last year with the inaugural 16-person class, is to identify 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. Though you most likely haven't yet heard their names, they must show extraordinary promise. These kids are the future, those that will soon lead the business but have yet to receive critical attention; San Diego's the eighth largest city in the nation, so there's surely some good young talent here.

Once the nomination period is complete, Eater editors will put our heads together with the legends of the industry in cities across the country who've agreed to serve on the Young Guns deliberation committee. 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.

Do you know someone who deserves to be honored as an Eater Young Gun? Fill out the nomination form here, it's quick and easy; if you have additional supporting materials, please send them our way at