Ladies and gentlemen, meet your Hottest Chef finalists for 2013 . Each of these sexy chefs beat out four other contenders in their preliminary heat, and will now go head-to-head in Eater's annual quest to crown the city's hottest chef.
Milwuakie Kitchen & Wine's Pascal Sauton, the top seed in this competition, ran away with the vote in Group One, while Wilf's Deb Serkoian cruised to an easy victory in Group Two. In an upset, cart empire-builder Nong Poonsukwattana dethroned top seed Chris Paquette and Oregonian-endorsed John Gorham in the Group Three battle. And in an absolute squeaker, Paragon's Rocky Smith barely edged out the equally sexy Amelia Lane — by just 10 votes — to win the Group Four.
Polls will be open until 5p.m. tonight, and the winner will represent Portland in Eater National's search for the country's hottest chef. This is a one-day-only-thing, folks. Rock the vote.