Taco Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge was a huge success featuring 8 taco creations from restaurants around Vancouver, North Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their taco creation from May 9-31, 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: Kelly Marion, Joe Leary, Alyssa Dawson and Alvin Lee.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Description:  Salmon scallops sprout mix – house-made gluten free tortilla – arugula garlic and a cilantro tequila based salsa

Created by: Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

 

Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

2nd Place: Taco Chorizo Taco

Taco Chorizo Taco

Pier 7 Restaurant

Description: Olive oil roasted pacific octopus, chorizo sofrito, blackened corn

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

 

Chef Michael Mikoda

Chef Michael Mikoda

3rd Place: Papito Fish Tacos

Papito Fish Tacos

Blue Canoe Restaurant

Description:  Smoked paprika spiced fish, jicama slaw, salsa fresca, avocado crema and corn tortillas.

Created by: Executive Chef Danilo Ibarra

Location: 140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811

Web:  http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

 

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Taco 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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Chimichurri Steak Tacos

Chimichurri Steak Tacos

American Grille

Created by: Chef Jaspere Regalado

Description: Juicy marinated flank steak on a bed of slow-cooked, marinated onions and topped with pico de gallo and cilantro chimichuri.  Served with a side of chipotle cream and lime wedge. Comes with soup, salad or fries.

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://americangrille.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Taco Canaco

Taco Canaco

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

Created by: Chef Jesus Brown Garcia

Description:  Salmon scallops sprout mix – house-made gluten free tortilla – arugula garlic and a cilantro tequila based salsa

El Azteca Mexican Kitchen & Bar

1130 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-638-0127

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

3rd Place People’s Choice: 

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The Zissou

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Café for Contemporary Art

Created by: Chef Steve

Description: Breaded Basa (baked), Chipotle Yogurt/Mayo, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Pickled Red Onion, and Coleslaw.

Café for Contemporary Art

140 Esplanade E, North Vancouver

Tel: (778) 340-3379

Web: http://cafeforcontemporaryart.com/

Twitter: @cafca140

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

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Taco creations! See all the 8 Taco entries here

By: Richard Wolak