CODE announces annual 30 Under 30 list of rising stars in hospitality

CODE Hospitality, the platform for hospitality professionals, has today announced its 30 Under 30 class of 2022/23.

The annual 30 Under 30 not only shines a light on the next generation in hospitality but showcases what can be achieved in the sector before you turn 30. Now in its seventh year, the list highlights the sheer range of opportunities and different career paths available in hospitality from sustainability managers to head chefs to owning your own business at the age of 21. Previous notable winners include Chef Tommy Banks, Ravneet Gill and Santiago Lasta.

CODE founder Adam Hyman commented; ‘At a difficult time for hospitality, we must continue to find ways to move forward as an industry. We should always be looking to promote hospitality as a possible career path to young people across Britain. I can think of no better role models than the 30 people in this year’s list.’

This year’s 30 Under 30 includes chefs such as Max Coen (26), head chef at the recently opened DORIAN in London’s Notting Hill and Connor Blades (24), head chef of Adam Handling’s Ugly Butterfly in West Cornwall. Representing the front of house, Lara Rogers (25), general manager at The Barley Mow in London’s Mayfair, and Rory Eaton (28), wine and beverage director at Gareth Ward’s two Michelin-starred Ynyshir in Wales.

CODE’s annual 30 Under 30 always includes a strong sense of entrepreneurship from their Founders category. This year it features Rahel Stephanie (28), founder of Spoons, and Siân Buchan (30), co founder and general manager of Pine in Northumberland.

This year, for the first time, there are three individual award winners from the 30 Under 30 list. The Innovator Award goes to Jack Feeny (29), founder of Mise en Plastic, a free manual for chefs on how to cut their environmental impact. Jessica Thompson (26) has been awarded the Pioneer Award for opening Mingary Castle on the west coast of Scotland at an impressively young age.

Finally, their Inspirational Story Award has been jointly presented to Alina Nikulishyna (28) and Sofiia Vystoropska (28) who both fled Ukraine due to the war and came to London under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, where they found jobs at the five-star Corinthia hotel.

The full 30 Under 30 class of 2022/23

Max Coen (26) – Head chef, DORIAN
Nick Rudge (28) – Chef proprietor, The Jackdaw
Jamie Smart (28) – Head chef, Cadet
Sertaç Dirik (26) – Head chef, Mangal II
Sam Yorke (25) – Chef patron, Heron
Darice Maher (25) – Baker, The Palmerston
Connor Blades (24) – Head chef, Ugly Butterfly
Sam Lomas (27) – Head chef, Glebe House

Hannah Crosbie (25) – Wine writer & founder, Dalston Wine Club
Siân Buchan (30) – Co-founder & general manager, Pine
Ruben Dawnay (21) – Founder, Ruben’s Reubens
Jack Feeny (29) – Founder, No Mise en Plastic (INNOVATOR AWARD WINNER)
Rahel Stephanie (28) – Founder, Spoons
Lucy Grantham (29) – Founder, Can’t Dance Coffee

Head office
Tara McGovern (26) – Marketing & culture manager, The Standard
Natalia Spinetto (27) – Sustainability manager, Colletiv Food
Camilla Hibbert (29) – General manager, Thyme
Georgina MacDougall (26) – Account director, Tonic PR

Front of House
George Dart (25) – Manager, The Farm Table, Marketing & operations manager, Darts Farm
Rory Eaton (28) – Wine & beverage director, Ynyshir Restaurant & Rooms
Sam Smith (28) – Operations director, Caffè Rojano
Beth Morgan-Jones (30) – General manager, Apricity
Rachel Reid (26) – General manager, Bar Swift Borough
Molly Spiteri (28) – Operations manager, KOYA
Jessica Thompson (26) – Co-owner & general manager, Mingary Castle (PIONEER AWARD WINNER)
Lara Rogers (25) – General manager, The Barley Mow
Ruhit Abdul (25) – Senior assistant restaurant manager, HIDE
Maura Milia (30) – Bar manager, The Connaught Bar
Alina Nikulishyna (28) & Sofiia Vystoropska (28) – Hostess & waitress, The Crystal Moon Lounge, Corinthia
Ethan Davids (28), Jordan Davids (27) & Thomas Tullis (29) – Founder & director, Operations director, Marketing & brand director, Chickpea Group

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