In a week, Eater will present the 2012 Eater Awards, our third annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run—and run wild—in the past twelve months. 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 it works: Eater editors have selected nominees and Eater readers will vote on a different award each day this week, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. Ready to play your part? Polls are open now for Chef of the Year and will close in 24 hours. Voting irregularities will be strictly policed.