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30 Under 30: NYC's Hottest Up-and-Comers

Posted: 04/23/2012 5:00 pm

New York City's food scene is thriving, thanks in no small part to creative young chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs who see that it never gets stale. In our second annual round-up honoring the industry's up-and-comers, these 30 rising stars are making indelible marks in their fields. Who will become the next Danny Meyer? Who will host the hottest new cooking show? Who will spearhead the next big cocktail craze? Click through the slideshow to meet the next generation of Zagat's 30 Under 30 New York...

Erik Battes, 28
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Chef de Cuisine, Jean Georges

Jean-Georges Vongerichten had his eye on this rising star since Battes first stepped into the kitchen at Jean Georges as a 19-year-old CIA extern. Battes briefly moved on to Los Angeles to work at Water Grill under chef Michael Ciramusti, but soon found himself back at Jean Georges as a line cook. A year later, he helped open Perry St., where he was eventually promoted to chef de cuisine. But Battes felt the need to spread his wings, so he flew the JGV coop once again, this time to BLT Restaurants as a corporate chef. He couldn't resist the lure of his mentor, however, as Battes has been recently named the chef de cuisine who will lead JGV's flagship though its spring renovation.

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