Next Monday, Eater will present the 2014 Eater Awards, our fifth annual celebration of all that's made America's restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past year. 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 the voting works across the board: Eater editors have named nominees 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.
Voting has now closed for our Restaurant of the Year poll. It's time right now to vote for Philly's chef of the year. Up for consideration:
Nick Elmi, who opened his first solo restaurant, three-bell Laurel, just over one year ago (and has been playing to a packed house ever since), and who brought the Top Chef crown back to Philly this past February.
Mike Solomonov, whose CookNSolo group this year expanded their Federal Donuts empire, successfully Kickstarted their charitable Rooster Soup concept, and opened up two of the year's buzziest newcomers right next door to each other, three-bell Dizengoff and too-new-to-be-reviewed Abe Fisher.
Kevin Sbraga, who opened The Fat Ham to critical acclaim this past December, and is currently working on his third restaurant, Juniper Commons (not to mention another project that's taking him all the way to Florida).
Joe Cicala, who caught his third James Beard nomination this year as exec at Le Virtu, and just last month opened its immensely popular follow-up, Brigantessa, traveling to Naples to become an AVPN-certified pizzaiolo in the process.
Eli Kulp, who opened High Street on Market and revamped A.Kitchen + Bar with partner Ellen Yin, meanwhile racking up a Food & Wine Best New Chef honor and Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant (for High Street).
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