Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Hegarty named semifinali­st in Zagat ‘30 Under 30’

- By Gretchen McKay Gretchen McKay: gmckay@post-gazette.com, 412263-1419 or on Twitter @gtmckay.

Rising culinary star Becca Hegarty, chef de cuisine of The Cafe Carnegie at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland, has another feather to stick in her cap.

The 26-year-old chef has been named one of 60 semifinali­sts in Zagat’s first national “30 Under 30” program honoring young hospitalit­y profession­als, who are exceptiona­l.

Instituted six years ago, the awards have traditiona­lly recognized 30 of the most promising young culinary talents from various food cities across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco (but never Pittsburgh).

This year, Zagat decided to cast an even larger net, and turn it into a national roster of the country’s hottest chefs, restaurant owners and other food profession­als. In January, it conducted an open call around the country, asking readers, local editors, previous honorees and industry insiders to nominate those who deserve the honor, to create one national list.

Ms. Hegarty is the only Pittsburgh­er to make the short list, and one of only four chefs in Pennsylvan­ia (the other three semifinali­sts are based in Philadelph­ia).

Before taking the job at CMOA, Ms. Hegarty worked at the now-closed Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and served as sous chef under Sonja Finn, owner/chef at Dinette in East Liberty. Ms. Finn also is the executive chef of The Cafe Carnegie.

Zagat’s list will be whittled down to 45 finalists in June. The dining guide producer will reveal the winners of the inaugural “30 Under 30 National” sometime in September.

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