What do a mozzarella maker, a hot-sauce sommelier and assorted pastry chefs and bartenders have in common besides coming from New York City? They’ve all achieved greatness and exhibited their innovative ways to the culinary world by opening successful restaurants, winning awards and even scoring Michelin-star ratings before their 30th birthday. Zagat released its fifth annual “30 Under 30” today featuring some familiar faces. On the same wavelength, Food Republic has featured both Take Root’s Elise Kornack, 28, and Mŏkbar’s Esther Choi, 29, on our New Chefs Rising video series. Check out both episodes below.

Other celebrated members of the list include Root and Bone’s Janine Booth, 27; Mission Chinese Food’s Angela Dimayuga, 29; the Atlantic Ave. Company and Big Mozz’s Matt Gallira, 26; and Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong’s Deuki Hong, 25. Hong is also working on a cookbook highlighting Korean cuisine in America with Food Republic’s executive editor, Matt Rodbard.