How do you identify potential in a young person? Do you just glance at their resume? Or do you look at the scope of the impact they make on the people and businesses around them? Or maybe you see what they’re really made of when it matters most—under pressure, amid a global crisis.

The last year has provided the perfect opportunity to see the real potential of some of the industry’s most exciting young leaders, as they’ve been forced to carry their businesses and their teams through the most challenging period in modern restaurant history.

Here are 28 quick-service and fast-casual leaders under the age of 35 who have not only made a lasting impact on those around them, but they’ve also proved during the pandemic that their success to date is no fluke.


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Employee Management, Fast Casual, Special Reports