On Monday, November 12, Eater will present its 2012 Awards, honoring the best of America's restaurants, chefs, and bartenders. Winners will be selected on both the local and national level and the voting begins NOW.
The process is simple. Eater editors have selected five nominees in each of the following categories: Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right Now, Bartender of the Year, and Stone Cold Stunner, an award for excellence in restaurant aesthetics. Eater readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will crown a winner.
Polls are open for Chef of the Year and will close in 24 hours when a new poll will be unleashed. Voting irregularities will be strictly policed.