Ladies and gentleman, just one week from now, Eater will host the 2012 Eater Awards, honoring the best restaurants, chefs, and industry talent across the nation (need a refresher on past award-winners? Check out our 2011 Awards and 2010 Awards coverage). As per annual tradition, winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, the voting for which begins right now.
Here's how the voting works across the board: Eater editors have named nominees for each of five major categories, and readers will vote, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? It's name to select Portland's Chef of the Year: this poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.