Best of the Bay 2009: The race for Best Chef

Despite the culture surrounding celebrity chefs that's sprung up in recent years worldwide, our own local culinary heroes usually spend much of their time behind the line instead of in front of the cameras. Our annual Best of the Bay Readers' Poll is your chance to recognize your favorite knife-wielding madman (or madwoman)!

Right now, the race is tight. Here's a rundown on the top vote-getters so far: