Big Melt Challenge 2014 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Big Melt Challenge was a great success featuring unique big melt creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from November-4-30, 2014. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

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: Alyssa Dawson, Aaron Alexander and Jay Minter 

The Winners are:

1st Place:

The Duckwich

The Duckwich!

The Meatery

Created by: Grant Mckay and Mark Jackson.

Description: Coffee cured and braised duck legs with Triple cream brie, Herbed orange aioli, Pickled onions, Arugula, Fennel slaw on Cranberry nut sourdough.

The Meatery

3108 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-980-1125

Web: http://themeatery.ca/

Twitter: @MeateryB2B

 

Grant Mckay

Grant Mckay

2nd Place:

Devils Dream Melt

Devils Dream Melt

Buckstop

Created by: Buckstop team

Description: It is served open faced on egg washed housemade sourdough. Smoked sirloin, onions and peppers in a bbq gravy wth Hoyne Devils Dream IPA, topped with melted emmenthal and mozzarella and finished with 2 pieces of tempura bacon.

Buckstop

833 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-2528

Web: http://buckstop.ca/

Twitter: @BuckstopDenman

 

Sherrie

Sherrie

3rd Place:

The Grande

The Grande

Cioffi’s Cucina

Created by: Jeffery Siemens

Description: 10-hour Organic Braised Beef Shortrib Four Cheese Melt Panino (Provolone, Mozzarella, Fontina, & Parmesan) with Crispy Onions & Arugula

Cioffi’s Cucina

4150 E Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 291-9373

Web: http://www.cioffisgroup.com/

Twitter @cioffiscucina

 

Jeff Siemens

Jeff Siemens

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Big Melt Creations 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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Moroccan Lamb Meatloaf

Moroccan Lamb Meatloaf

Truffle Fine Foods Café

Created by: Chefs George Moutsos and Aaron Smith

Description: Our Moroccan Lamb Meatloaf is made of ground lamb, pan roasted carrots, onions, celery and garlic with hard herbs, mint and dried oregano. It is served with an apple & apricot pistachio chutney

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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The Top Dawg

The Top Dawg

Jacksons Meats & Deli

Created by: Chris and Shayna Jackson

Description: Toasted Ciabatta Bun with Aged White Cheddar, Nathan’s NY Hot Dog, Jackson’s House Made Chorizo Chili and Jackson’s House Made Aged Provolone Cheese Sauce

Jacksons Meats & Deli

2214 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-738-6328

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Devils Dream Melt

Devils Dream Melt

Buckstop

Created by: Buckstop team

Description: It is served open faced on egg washed housemade sourdough. Smoked sirloin, onions and peppers in a bbq gravy wth Hoyne Devils Dream IPA, topped with melted emmenthal and mozzarella and finished with 2 pieces of tempura bacon.

Buckstop

833 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-2528

Web: http://buckstop.ca/

Twitter: @BuckstopDenman

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Big Melt Challenge on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Big Melt creations! See all the 6 Big Melt entries here.

By: Richard Wolak