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Eater's Hottest Chef in Chicago Contest Begins ... Today

Sure a massive snow storm is about to blanket Chicagoland, but our chefs are hot enough to melt the snow. Who is the hottest? That's for you, our loyal Eater readers, to decide in the Eater Hottest Chef Competition.

Here's how we're going to do it: 36 chefs will compete in six preliminary rounds of six chefs each, with Eater Chicago 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 Chicago, who will then go on to compete on Eater National against the winners from our sister sites in New York, Miami, Austin, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The first round will kick off at noon today so be ready to vote Sidenote: we'll be keeping a close watch on any suspicious behavior, so please no ballot-stuffing, because disqualifications are always an option. Let's make it a clean fight.