After nearly two weeks, 36 chefs, tens of thousands of votes and some accusations of ballot stuffing, Merlin Verrier has won the title of Hottest Chef in Chicago. The Graham Elliot exec chef will now go on to compete against the winners from each Eater city on the national forum.
Regardless if you supported Verrier before or are feeling bitter because your favorite chef didn't take the top spot, it's time to show some Chicago love. We can't let the folks in New York, SF, LA, Austin, Portland or Miami think their chef is hotter than ours. Merlin's a hottie—let's show him some Windy City love. Pop over to Eater National to cast your vote and support your hometown.
· All Hottest Chef Coverage on Eater Chicago [~EChi~]
· Vote in Eater's Hottest Chef in America 2011 Competition! [~E~]