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Get Ready: Eater's Hottest Chef Contest Begins Today!

Oh gurl. While poor unfortunate souls around the country ready themselves for winter storms of epic proportions, Eater's first-annual Hottest Chef in Portland competition keeps things warm by kicking off today. Over the past two weeks, you've sent your recommendations, and the top 30 vote-getters will compete against each other, day after day, until we land on the final crop, who will fight it out to be crowned Portland's hottest chef. Remember: The champion will go on to face the winners from our sister sites in Austin, Miami, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

How it works: We've ranked the submitted chefs (unfortunately, given this city's large amount of sexy, only the top 30 vote-getters will be eligible to compete) and in standard sporting fashion, the top seeds will face off against the bottom until we have a final list of contenders. As is always the case, we'll be keeping a close watch on any suspicious behavior, and disqualifications are always an option. So let's make it a clean fight.

Voting for Round 1, Heat 1 starts at 1pm.