All right, folks, nominations have been submitted and we're ready to launch Eater Austin's first annual Hottest Chef competition. Here's how we're going to do it: 18 chefs will compete in six preliminary rounds of three chefs each, with Eater Austin readers doing the voting. As there were significantly fewer lady chefs nominated than guy chefs, we've mixed them in with everyone else.
The winners from each round will then compete in the finals to determine the dreamiest, sexiest, hottest chef in Austin, who will then go on to compete on Eater National against the winners from our sister sites in New York, Miami, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. As is always the case, we'll be keeping a close watch on any suspicious behavior, and disqualifications are always an option. So let's make it a clean fight. Look out for the first round later today.