Ryan Clark, the dynamically talented young chef at Lodge on the Desert, is the lone Arizonan and one of only two non-Texans on Food & Wine’s 2013 Best New Chef Southwestern poll.

Clark is pitted against nine other chefs in the Southwest — one from Colorado and the rest from Texas. Clark held a modest lead in hthat began Monday and runs until Monday.

You can vote here until Monday. The competition is divided into 10 regions and the chef who gets the most votes in each region will be named the People’s Best New Chef for 2013.