Back again for its second year, the food and drink category of Forbes‘ “30 Under 30″ sees a similar mix as the inaugural celebration of young chefs, purveyors, startup founders, and food-media folk. Among the current list of honorees, quite a few are social entrepreneurs running businesses that feature sustainable, organic, and/or local services and products.
As the CEO of OrganicLife, Jonas Falk is improving school lunches by working with chefs and implementing a company ban on canned/processed foods. Claire Herminjard is the founder of Mindful Meats, a company that “brings pasture-raised, certified organic and Non-GMO-Verified meat to markets beginning with the Bay Area.” And Deepti Sharma Kapur launched FoodtoEat.com, a web service that gives users a way to pre-order their food from restaurants and mobile purveyors, as well as providing vendors with the tech know-how to reach out to their customers.
To be considered for the list, honorees must show that they are “entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation.” Other requirements include reflecting on a one-on-one level that he or she is “surprising, engaging, and hard working.” From there, Forbes editorial staff and a panel of experts—including restaurateur Danny Meyer—select the most exemplary from each field.