Zagat announces 30 Under 30: young and hungry in L.A.

Eduardo Ruiz of Corazon y Miel and Picnik is on Zagat's 30 Under 30 list.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Restaurant guide Zagat announces its 30 Under 30 for Los Angeles -- standout restaurant industry professionals who have yet to hit three-oh. The list include bartenders, baristas, managers, chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs.

The youngest on this year’s list is 15 years old -- a teenager running his own pop-up and cooking at top kitchens across the country). Others include a barista champion, beer pro, apron designer and cotton candy maker.

The honorees were all nominated by their peers, Zagat notes.

Here’s the list:

Jake Ahles and Max Block (both 27), founders of the Fare Trade

Tristan Aitchison (29), chef de cuisine at Providence

Chris Amirault (26), head barman at Harlowe

Charles Babinski (29), co-founder of G&B and Go Get Em Tiger

Ellen Bennett (27), designer and founder of Hedley & Bennett

Sophie Bonnet (27), restaurant manager at Ink

Robin Chopra and Eduardo M. Ruiz (both 28), owner-bartender at Corazon y Miel and Punch and chef-owner of Corazon y Miel and Picnik


Jeffrey Faust and Woogene Lee (both 29), partner and business development and managing partner of Fundamental LA

Chris Ford (29), pastry chef at Bouchon Beverly Hills

Kate Green (29), assistant to Nancy Silverton at Mozza Restaurant Group

Anna Knudson (29), head bartender at Melrose Umbrella Co.

Robert Kronfli (26), owner-founder of Bacari PDR, Bacaro LA, Nature’s Brew and Kronfli Bros. products

Cloe Lane (20), owner of Bon Puf

Johnny Lee (27), chef de cuisine at Eggslut

Phillip Frankland Lee (27), chef-owner at Scratch Bar and the Gadarene Swine

Thomas Lim (29), chef at Goldie’s (L.A.) and Dudley’s (New York)

Bricia Lopez and Fernando Lopez (29 and 27), co-proprietors of Guelaguetza restaurant and Michelada Guelaguetza

Andrew Luthi (26), owner of Ohana Brewing Co.

Ivan Marquez (28), head pastry chef at Short Cake

Flynn McGarry (15), chef of Eureka pop-up

Rebecca Merhef (26), chef de cuisine and pastry chef at Love & Salt

David Palos (27), chef de cuisine at Hatfield’s

Percy Omar Ramirez (29), director of coffee oeprations at Compania de Café

James Seok and Brian Yuen (26 and 28), co-owner and chef/co-owner at the Bun Shop

Dylan Snyder (28), bartender and consultant, Beertender Los Angeles, Acme Hospitality Group, Barrel Down

Brandyn Tepper (27), head bartender of Hinoki & the Bird, partner of Cocktail Academy

Erwin Tjahyadi (28), co-owner/chef at Komodo

Adrian Vela (26), sous chef at Cafe Del Rey

Kimmy Wade (27), general manager at Son of a Gun

Jonathan Whitener (27), chef de cuisine at Animal