On Monday, November 16, Eater will present the 2015 Eater Awards, our sixth annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. The poll’s now closed for restaurant of the year. Next up? Chef of the Year. Cast your vote for the chef that really made a difference this year below.
A little bit about the nominees: Jason Stanhope from perennial favorite FIG took home a James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast. While Ari Kolender may have left Charleston, he did help set the menu for Saint Alban's and Leon's while he was here. Emily Hahn took over the kitchen at Warehouse and created the menu for newcomer Parlor Deluxe. Nate Whiting opened the highly-anticipated 492. With the opening of Artisan Meat Share, Charleston has seen more of Cypress' chef de cuisine Bob Cook and his fermentation and charcuterie skills.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Charleston for each of five major categories. Eater 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? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.