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Vote for Dallas’s Chef of the Year

Which culinary whiz impressed the most in 2018?

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

Day two of the 2018 Eater Awards, intended to honor the city’s best new restaurants and most talented chefs, has officially arrived.

Here’s how the Eater Awards work: in 24 cities and on Eater’s national site, we’re awarding prizes in multiple categories including (but not limited to) Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Bar of the Year. In each of the five categories, editors will pick an editor’s choice winner and readers will vote for their favorites to win this year’s reader’s choice award.

Winners of the editor’s choice award will receive one of Eater’s famed tomato can trophies, and the reader’s choice pick will bask in the warm glow of being beloved. We’ll also be taking a deeper look at each editor’s choice winner over the course of the next year with a glitzy feature that provides a peek behind the curtain.

Without further ado, it’s time to vote. In the running for this year’s award are former Cedars Social chef and pop-up extraordinaire Anastacia Quinones, Mot Hai Ba chef Peja Krstic, Regino Rojas of Revolver Taco Lounge, and Joel Orsini, the chef that helms Izkina in Deep Ellum.

Cast your ballot below. The polls will be open for 24 hours, and are strictly monitored to prevent any funny business or voting irregularities. Results will be revealed on Wednesday, December 5.