We have celebrated the stewards, the managers and the sommeliers, but it is now time to raise our forks in salute to the pin up boys of the culinary world – the chefs.

Sponsored by Nestle, Chef of the Year is the award that celebrates the individuals who embody the spirit, passion and stamina to make it to the top of the kitchen.

Once it was the famous guests at restaurants that drew crowds, but now it is the chef that is the star and the region is fortunate enough to be blessed with some of the finest in the world.

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An independent panel of judges selected by Hotelier Middle East will judge the nominees, with the winner to be announced at a glamorous awards ceremony on October 14 at Madinat Jumeirah.

The 10 nominees that have reached the long-list all report significant achievements and a dedication to their role, but who is your favourite to win?