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Vote for LA’s Chef of the Year

Who made the biggest impact as a chef this past year in LA?

Fern and Pla of Luv2eat and Crying Tiger, pictured here at the Crying Tiger takeout window in Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Eater Awards, the eighth year that Eater LA will honor the city’s best and most talented restaurants, chefs, and other hospitality experts from around the world.

All 24 cities will grant prizes in different categories, from Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, and Design of the Year. In each category, Eater editors will make their pick while the Reader’s Choice will be up to you, the avid Eater reader, to decide. All winners will be announced on December 5.

Yesterday was Restaurant of the Year, and the polling is now closed. Today, we decide the Chef of the Year, and many of the nominations are chef duos (this was done intentionally as many restaurants now have teams of chefs command the kitchen).


Which person or duo should win Chef of the Year?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Charles Namba (Tsubaki)
    (565 votes)
  • 4%
    Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer (Kismet)
    (407 votes)
  • 53%
    Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip (Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Crying Tiger)
    (4571 votes)
  • 4%
    Josef Centeno (P.Y.T.)
    (425 votes)
  • 30%
    Chad Valencia (LASA)
    (2613 votes)
8581 votes total Vote Now