Next Monday, Eater will present the 2013 Eater Awards, our fourth annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run—and run wild—in the past twelve months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories. Voting for Restaurant of the Year has just closed, with La Petite Grocery and Peche pulling away from the competition.
Today we turn our attention to the people actually planning the menus and cooking the food, as we try to determine who will be named Chef of the Year. In a city with so much phenomenal talent, it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just five, and certainly an argument could be made for many, many others. But these are the five that we believe have, quietly or not, established themselves as leaders in the New Orleans culinary scene this year.
As always, your votes will help narrow it down to three finalists, from which we'll determine the winner. The poll is open for 24 hours, and voting irregularities will be strictly enforced. So let's get a-voting.
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