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Vote for Houston’s Chef of the Year

In a city packed with culinary talent, which chef made this year the most exciting?

Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

It’s day two of the Eater Awards, an annual celebration of the best restaurants and most talented culinary professionals in the business.

Here’s how it works: All 24 Eater cities and our national site will award prizes in a variety of categories, including Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Design of the Year. Eater staff will pick an editor’s choice winner, who will receive both eternal glory and one of our coveted tomato can trophies. Readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner, who will score a lifetime of bragging rights.

Up for the award this year is a fresh crop of young chefs who brought tons of excitement to Houston’s dining scene over the last year, including chef Austin Simmons, of Tris in the Woodlands, Poitin chef Dominick Lee, UB Preserv chef Nick Wong, and Jonny Rhodes, the chef behind Indigo.

Without further ado, cast your ballot for Houston’s 2018 Chef of the Year below. The polls will be open for 24 hours, and will be strictly monitored to prevent any voting irregularities.