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Eater Announces Inaugural Eater New Guard Winners

Eater’s New Guard award celebrates inspiring changemakers in the food industry

Today, Eater announced its inaugural “New Guard” of the food world — eleven inspiring hospitality professionals, chefs, activists, and more who are driving positive change in food, and by extension, the world. Selected from over 1,000 nominees, the New Guard winners are using food to challenge conventions, remake old systems, and better their communities.

“This year it felt especially urgent to expand the scope and purview of our annual program highlighting up and coming talent in the industry,” says Amanda Kludt, editor-in-chief of Eater. “We’re still honoring undersung chefs, restaurateurs, and beverage experts who are effecting positive change in restaurants, but we are also looking to the community organizers, educators, farmers, and others activists who are empowering their communities through food.”

Eater is known for honoring up-and-coming talent in American hospitality, singling out rising stars of the culinary industry and celebrating people primed to become the next generation of leaders. The New Guard extends that mission to include those inside and outside of the restaurant industry who are prioritizing the wellbeing of others and making meaningful change for their community. Winners will receive ongoing coverage on Eater’s national and local sites, collaborate with our social and video teams, and participate in future events and partnerships.

See the full announcement and list of winners here.

About Eater

Eater is the locals-first authoritative guide to eating better. Eater is at the forefront of reporting on the restaurant industry, shaping food culture with its award-winning journalism and programming, as well as its beloved maps and guides. The network has grown into the leading voice in the food media space with its passion for great food and great stories spanning digital and social platforms, audio, OTT and television — including No Passport Required, Eater’s PBS docuseries with host Chef Marcus Samuelsson, celebrating America’s diverse immigrant food traditions, and a multi-year, multi-series deal with Hulu including Eater’s Guide to the World.