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Zagat fetes 30 under 30 in Los Angeles

February 26, 2013|By S. Irene Virbila
  • Thirty of L.A.'s youngest culinary talents were feted Monday night at Zagat's "30 under 30" event.
Thirty of L.A.'s youngest culinary talents were feted Monday night… (Zagat )

The inimitable Zagat has just released its 2013 "30 Under 30" awards, honoring the top young culinary talents in the Los Angeles area. 

The 30 honorees were feted Monday night at a cocktail party at the Emerson Theatre with Zagat founders Tim and Nina Zagat on hand to do the honors. The Zagat survey, which started as a homemade newsletter and morphed over the years into a publishing juggernaut, has embraced the digital age. The guides are now online, and coverage of this event included a live feed and a Google+ Live Hangout.

    Here follows a list of this year's honorees:

  • Stephanie Brown, director of food and beverage, Avalon Hotel (29)
  • Cole Dickinson, chef de cuisine, Ink (29)
  • Maxwell Leer, wine director, Bestia (29)
  • Kevin Luzande, chef de cuisine, Playa (29)
  • Natasha Phan, director of business development and brand marketing, Kogi and A-Frame (28)
  • Zach Pollack, chef and owner, Sotto (28)
  • Ashley Ragovin, general manager, Trois Mec (29)
  • Daniel Shemtob, founder and owner, TLT Food and the Lime Truck (24)
  • Ari Taymor, executive chef and owner, Alma (27)
  • Miles Thompson, executive chef, Allumette (24)


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