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On the up and up—and up

As the tough job market continues and the minds of operators across the country are distracted by thoughts of how to find and keep quality employees, it can sometimes feel like the only news on the labor front is the disheartening kind.

But there are bright spots on every foodservice team. Here, we present 24 such silver linings: FoodService Director’s inaugural class of Rising Stars—a group of industry professionals whose energy, ideas and passion stand apart from the crowd, earning the notice of their peers. (Their responses have been condensed and lightly edited.)

Opening image courtesy of Michael Piazza; photographs within courtesy of each individual, unless otherwise noted. 

Nominate a future Rising Star here.