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Vote for Houston’s 2017 Chef of the Year

Which chef made the biggest impact?

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Eater Houston’s 2016 Chef of the Year
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It’s day two of the 8th annual Eater Awards, honoring the most exciting restaurants and talented culinary professionals in 24 cities across the globe.

Here’s how it works: All 24 Eater cities and our big sister will award prizes in multiple categories, including Chef of the Year, Bar of the Year, and Restaurant of the Year. In each category, Eater staff will choose an editor’s choice winner, and readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner. Editor’s choice winners will receive one of Eater’s iconic tomato can trophies, and reader’s choice winners will score a lifetime of bragging rights.

Without further ado, it’s time to cast a vote for Houston’s 2017 Chef of the Year. Five nominees are up for the award, and winners will be announced on December 5, 2017. Vote below, and note that the polls will close in 24 hours. Voting will be strictly monitored to avoid any irregularities.

Vote here:


Which Houston chef made the biggest impact in 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Hugo Ortega
    (389 votes)
  • 6%
    Chris Shepherd
    (93 votes)
  • 45%
    Ryan LaChaine
    (695 votes)
  • 6%
    Justin Yu
    (95 votes)
  • 16%
    Ryan Pera
    (243 votes)
1515 votes total Vote Now