Another close race in Eater's Hottest Chef competition. Atwood Cafe's Derek Simcik had an early lead and held on until late Thursday night when the Purple Pig's Jimmy Bannos, Jr. took off. Simcik had a strong push this morning, giving him the lead and ultimately, with more than 1,000 votes, won and will now advance to the semi finals.
Up today to see if they make it to the next round with Hoyte: Aaron Diener (Cafe Spiaggia), Rachel Slivicki (Hot Chocolate), Curtis Duffy (Grace), David Posey (Blackbird) and Andres Dangond (Finnegan's). Get ready to vote!