Ladies and gentleman, next Monday, Eater will host the 2012 Eater Awards, honoring the best restaurants, chefs, and industry talent across the nation. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in six major categories, the voting for which began yesterday with our poll for Chef of the Year 2012.
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 Restaurant of the Year: this poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.