Nite Yun Is Named a 2018 "Young Gun"

The annual awards honor restaurant-industry up-and-comers.


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Anneli Star Josselin Rufus

Nite Yun, chef-owner of Fruitvale's Nyum Bai Cambodian restaurant, has just been named as a winner in Eater's annual Young Guns awards.

Every year, the prestigious food-and-drink website seeks out talented restaurant-industry up-and-comers and names a select group of them that year's Young Guns. 

To be declared a Young Gun, contenders must be under 30 years old or have less than five years of bar-and-restaurant experience.

Born in a refugee camp and raised in Stockton after her parents fled the communist takeover of their native Cambodia, Yun worked with food-business incubator La Cucina and helmed an Emeryville Public Market food kiosk before opening her first brick-and-mortar restaurant earlier this year. 

Its dishes include a traditional banana-blossom salad

Other 2018 Young Guns include Sumi Ali, co-founder of the Yes Plz coffee-subscription service; Amelie Kang, co-founder of New York City's MáLà Project; Kaitlyn Caruke, head sommelier at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Cafe; Daniel Alvarez, pastry chef at New York City's Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions; DeVonn Francis, chef and founder of New York City's Yardy; Nico de Leon, sous chef at Los Angeles' Lasa; Shota Nakajima, chef-owner of Seattle's Adana; Kate Kavanaugh, CEO of Denver's Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe; and others. 

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