The first-ever 50 Next list has been announced, naming people from 34 countries across six continents for their leadership in food and drink. Local hospitality legends Josh Niland (Saint Peter, Fish Butchery) and Jo Barrett and Matt Stone (formerly of Oakridge Winery) are identified as “next-generation leaders” in their industries. Plus, Worimi man Josh Gilbert, whose family has been farming the same land in Gloucester, New South Wales, for over 40,000 years.
The Next 50 comes from the people behind The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and The World’s 50 Best Bars. It’s designed to complement the existing, ranked, lists by honouring people aged 35 and under from across the wider pool of food and drink.
Next 50 recognises rising stars across the field of gastronomy, from education and science to hospitality and activism. The class of 2021 includes Sydney-based fish butcher Josh Niland, named in the “Gamechanging Producers” category for his fin-to-gill fish revolution.
Melbourne duo Jo Barrett and Matt Stone are celebrated in the “Hospitality Pioneers” category for their commitment to sustainability. Barrett and Stone are currently working on the Future Food System project with fellow sustainability activist Joost Bakker. The project uses solar energy and gas from a biodigester to produce food in a zero-waste environment.
And Worimi farmer, entrepreneur and consultant Josh Gilbert, who is applying Aboriginal knowledge to contemporary farming methods and environmental issues, is recognised in the “Empowering Educators” category.
The 50 Next list was whittled down from 700 candidates, nominated from an open call for applications in late 2020. In 2022 there will be a live event in Bilbao, Spain, to celebrate the classes of ’21 and ’22.
See the full 50 Next list here.