Zagat Announces Dallas’ First 30 Under 30 Winners


Zagat’s 30 Under 30 is a list of city’s top 30 up-and-coming culinary industry superstars redefining the way we eat, drink and interact with food and beverages across the U.S. – all before their 30th birthdays. This is the first time Zagat’s 30 Under 30 is honoring these game changers making waves in the local dining scene in Dallas.

The selection process begins with a callout on the, seeking nominations from Zagat’s followers and restaurant industry leaders. Once the nomination period ended, a team of Zagat editors reviews the nominations and curates the list of honorees. Zagat editors anticipate these men and women will be among the next generation of superstars in the culinary industry.

Recently, Zagat revealed the 2016 Dallas 30 Under 30 list, recognizing top thirty up-and-coming restaurant industry professionals in Dallas and here they are:

Austin Bird, 28 (Bartender, Small Brewpub)
Seth Brammer, 29 (Beverage Director, Filament)
Yonathan Bustillo, 25 (Cook, Top Knot)
Sarah Chastain, 29 (Chef de Cuisine, The Grape Restaurant)
Abigail De Jesús, 27 (Cake Decorator, Cake Bar)
Lyle DeShazo, 16 (Line Cook, Kitchen LTO)
Molly Hagler, 28 (Beverage Director, Stampede 66)
Austin Gurley, 25 (General Manager, High & Tight Barbershop)
Phillip Halff II, 24 (Sous Chef, Blind Butcher)
Emma and Travis Heim, 28 and 26 (Owners, Heim BBQ)
Taylor Kearney, 27 (Executive Chef, Front Room Tavern)
Christian Koelling, 24 (Sous Chef, Ten Ramen)
Landon Lee, 26 (General Manager/Wine Director, Bolsa)
Neal Liston, 27 (Sous Chef/Butcher, Knife Dallas)
Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton, 27 and 28 (Co-Founders, Cultivar Coffee Bar & Roaster)
Khalil Miller, 19 (Floor Captain and Lead Prep Cook, Café Momentum)
Beth Moore, 27 (General Manager at Cane Rosso, Deep Ellum)
Matthew Orth, 29 (Crafts Spirits Specialist, Glazer’s Distribution Co.)
Hugo Osorio, 25 (Liquid Artist, The Theodore)
Suki Otsuki, 28 (Executive Chef, Mudhen Meat & Green)
Hunter Pond, 28 (CEO, East Hampton Sandwich Company)
Calvin Pravongviengkham, 23 (Cook, Uchi Dallas)
Ian Reilly, 27 (Beverage Supervisor, The Joule)
Rico Reyes, 25 (Executive Chef, Salsera)
Matthew Reynolds, 29 (Head Brewer, Malai Kitchen)
André Roberts, 29 (Senior Food & Beverage Manager, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek)
Jessica Stampley, 23 (Sous Chef, Kate Weiser Chocolate)
Joshua Sutcliff, 26 (Executive Chef, Filament)
Carolanne Treadwell, 26 (Sous Chef, CBD Provisions)
Mat Urban, 27 (Sous Chef, Americano)

For over three decades, Zagat has been the go-to source for curated discovery when looking for an exceptional dining experience, crowd-sourced ratings and reviews. Zagat editors summarize voter’s reviews and ratings, ranking voter’s favorite venues on a 30-point scale. The goal is a simple one: to help readers make quick and informed restaurant decisions.

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