Creme Brulee Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Creme Brulee Challenge was a huge success featuring 9 creme brulee creations from restaurants around Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their creme brulee from April 11-30, 2014. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Stephanie Yuen, Karl Klip, Joyce Lam and Jeremy Inglett

The Winners are:

1st Place: Toasted Hazelnut Creme Brûlée

Toasted Hazelnut Creme Brûlée

Novo Pizzeria

Description: Frangelico Ganache, rosemary & pine nut cookies, orange granita

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

 

Carmine Paradiso - (owner)

Carmine Paradiso – (owner)

2nd Place: Banana Choconutty Crème Brulee

Banana Choconutty Crème Brule

Cafe One 

Created by: Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo

Cafe One (inside Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver Hotel)

1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604 893 7205

Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com

Twitter: @WallCentreHotel

 

Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo (left) &

Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo (left) & the Executive Chef Starri Chow(right)

3rd Place: Bread and Butter Crème Brulee

Bread and Butter Crème Brule

The Apron

Description: The elegance of a classic vanilla bean Crème Brule mixed with the comfort of bread pudding, served with biscotti

Created by: Chefs Robert Uy, Michael Stavely and team

The Apron (inside Westin Wall Centre Hotel)

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

 

Allister Cave ( F & B Manager) & Chef Robert Uy

Allister Cave ( F & B Manager) & Chef Robert Uy

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Creme Brulee dishes were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Salted Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Salted Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

Created by: Chef Simon McLeod

Description:  Caramelized granny smith apples with a salted caramel custard.‎ Finished with a touch of citrus salt.

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Banana Choconutty Crème Brulee

Banana Choconutty Crème Brule

Cafe One 

Created by: Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo

Cafe One (inside Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver Hotel)

1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604 893 7205

Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com

Twitter: @WallCentreHotel

 

3rd Place People’s Choice: 

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Salted Honey Creme Brûlée

Salted Honey Creme Brûlée

The Bakeshop

Created by: Meg Reed

Description: Flaky pastry filled with creamy earl grey creme, finished with a crispy layer of bruleed honey and rock salt.

The Bakeshop

4021 MacDonald Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-762-2471

Web: http://www.vancouverbakeshop.com/

Twitter:  @VanBakeshop

 

Thank you to all the chefs, restaurants and bakeries that accepted my invitation and featured their creme brulee on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants and bakery to try their creme brulee! See all the 9 Creme Brulee entries here.

By: Richard Wolak