Welcome to day two of the 9th annual Eater Awards, honoring 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 readers’ choice winner — all to be announced on December 5, 2018. Editor’s choice winners will receive an illustrious tomato can trophy, as is the tradition around here, plus a splashy feature throughout the course of the coming year.
The 2018 chef nominees represent an array of exciting things happening in Nashville dining, and each chef brings something unique. Husk’s changing of the guard promoted Katie Coss to translate her interpretations into the Southern staple’s menu. Sarah Gavigan is now in the kitchen at Little Octopus — infusing new tastes for Nashville inspired by her travels and passion for Japanese cuisine, all the while releasing her ramen-focused first cookbook. Tandy Wilson quickly took over a shuttered space, doling out dishes like he cooks at home in an approachable, family-friendly manner at Mop/Broom Mess Hall. Philip Krajeck continues to wow diners with his second restaurant, Folk (and that clam pie). Peninsula’s Jake Howell impresses with Spanish and Portuguese fare flawlessly accented with French techniques.
Now, without any further ado, it’s time to vote for the reader’s choice winner in the Chef of the Year category. Polls will be open for 24 hours and will be strictly policed for funny business. Choose wisely: