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Gnocco's Brian Lavin named a finalist for Zagat '30 Under 30'

Brian Lavin, the chef and owner of Gnocco, has made it to the final round of culinary professionals being considered for Zagat's "30 Under 30" list.

Lavin, 29, is one of 45 finalists for the list, narrowed from 60 semifinalists announced in April. The final 30 will be unveiled in September.

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Zagat rates restaurants based on diner reviews and creates dining guides for cities nationwide. The organization has released "30 Under 30" lists for specific cities in the past, but this is the organization's first national list.

Gnocco, the dream of local chef Brian Lavin, is a restaurant you don't want to overlook. The space is charming, and the Mediterranean-inspired food is terrific.

In addition to being younger than 30, nominees must currently work in the culinary industry and have "undeniable awesomeness," according to Zagat's website.

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Lavin, previously executive chef of Fork & Wrench and Salt Tavern, opened Gnocco last year in Brewers Hill with his friend Sam White, the restaurant's general manager. The restaurant at 3734 Fleet St., which just celebrated its first birthday, serves Mediterranean cuisine.

Three hospitality professionals from Washington, D.C., and one from Philadelphia also made Zagat's list of finalists. Lavin was the only Maryland chef among the finalists.

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