Today, Eater announces its newest class of rising stars, the Eater Young Guns Class of 2013. They are a group of 15 of the most distinguished young chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and hospitality industry professionals in the country, and among them is the Bay Area's own Jessica Largey, chef de cuisine at Manresa in Los Gatos. Writing for Eater, Andrew Zimmern notes how amazed he was by Largey's talents after spending a day with executive chef David Kinch in the Manresa kitchen. "Is it just me," he said to Kinch, "Or is that lady un-fucking-believable?"
Largey, 27, hails from Southern California and had her first big kitchen gig at Providence in L.A. She staged at The Fat Duck in England before ultimately landing a job with Kinch, at what is now one of the Top 100 restaurants in the world, according to Restaurant magazine. After two years as chef de cuisine, Largey was recently named a Rising Star by StarChefs, but bizarrely did not garner a mention from Michael Bauer this year when he was struggling to think of a single female chef who deserved the Chron's Rising Star honor. We, of course, know better.
All this year's Young Guns will be feted at an industry gala in Los Angeles on Monday, June 24, but the public is invited to meet them at a tasting party, the first ever Young Guns Eve, on Sunday. Tickets are still available here, should you be in L.A.