Welcome to day two of the 9th annual Eater Awards, honouring the most talented restaurant and bar industry gurus in cities across the world. Here’s how the Eater Awards work: All 24 Eater cities and the national site will award prizes in multiple categories, including but not limited to Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year.
In each category, editors will choose an editor’s choice winner and readers will vote for a reader’s choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2017. Editor’s choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here. This year Eater will further the fanfare, running a splashy feature about every editor’s choice winner throughout the course of the coming year.
Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Chef of the Year category. Nominations considered any restaurant that opened from September 2017 until August 2018, inclusive. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Cast your vote for one of the following chefs:
- Jason Morris, who made his name at Griffintown’s Le Fantôme with dishes like the foie gras PB&J, but has elevated his fanciful and creative work at new Old Montreal restaurant Pastel.
- David Ollu, co-owner of Hochelaga restaurant Hélicoptère, where he crafts simple, tasteful dishes centred around local ingredients.
- Sean Murray Smith of Mile End’s Île Flottante (formerly Les Deux Singes de Montarvie), working wonders with dishes from savoury carrot cake to squash and nori terrine.
- Janice Tiefenbach, overseeing the wood-fired oven as chef de cuisine at St-Henri’s Elena, where pizza and roasted meats rule in equal parts.
- Chanthy Yen, a researcher at Spain’s El Bulli Institute who returned to the kitchen at Mile End’s Fieldstone, mixing influences from Cambodia, Mexico and Canada into his food.