Chili Challenge 2015 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Chili Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, New Westminster and North Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from January 8-31, 2015. 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: Joe Leary, Benjamin Yong, Simone Grewal and Norma Reid.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

The Meatery’s Oaxacan Chilli

The Meatery's Oaxacan Chilli

The Meatery’s Oaxacan Chilli

The Meatery

Created by: Grant Mckay

Description: 6 types of chilies some fresh, some roasted and some are dried, A Mexican beef and pork chorizo, fire roasted tomatoes, black beans and a special spice blend. all topped with a  peanut crema, salsa verde and mango

The Meatery

3108 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-980-1125

Web: http://themeatery.ca/

Twitter: @MeateryB2B

Grant Mckay

Grant Mckay

2nd Place:

Chili Island

Chili Island

Chili Island

Morocco West

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Description: Beef and lamb merguez,  taktouka, cucumber yogurt, fried bread

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest

Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

3rd Place:

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

 

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

Created by: Chefs George Moutsos and Aaron Smith

Description: Serrano & Pasilla chilies and Grated Oaxaca Cheese. Topped with Cilantro Kaffir Lime Yogurt & Pickled Jalapeño

Offered: Offered for lunch and early dinner (9am-5pm)

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

 

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Chili 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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MATCH’s Grab the bull by the horns chili

MATCH’s Grab the gull by the horns chili

MATCH’s Grab the gull by the horns chili

MATCH Eatery & Public House

Created By: Chef Steven Courtney (Match Langley) and Chef Dante Ramos (Match New Westminster)

Description: Packed full of meat this one will stick to your ribs on those cold winter days. Fresh ground chuck with kidney beans and just the right amount of heat all topped off with smoked cheddar cheese and served with a side of baked to order jalapeno corn bread.

MATCH Eatery & Public House

350 Gifford Street (Starlight Casino), New Westminster

Tel: (604) 777-8008

Web: http://matchpub.com/match-new-west/

Twitter @MatchPubNewWest

And

MATCH Eatery & Public House

20393 Fraser Highway (Cascades Casino), Langley

Tel: (604)-539-4424

Web: http://matchpub.com/match-langley/

Twitter: @MatchPubLangley

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Chili Island

Chili Island

Chili Island

Morocco West

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Description: Beef and lamb merguez,  taktouka, cucumber yogurt, fried bread

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Butternut Squash Winter Chili


Abode Restaurant

Description: A savory blend of butternut squash and winter root vegetables slow simmered for hours. Spiced with chipotles and a 12 spice and fresh herb seasoning. Vegetarian served in a fresh baked sourdough bowl made at local family owned bakery.

Created by: Chef Tannis Smith and Alvin McLeod

ABODE Restaurant

1223 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.688-1411

Web: http://www.aboderestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ABODERestaurant

 

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

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Chili creations! See all the 11 Chili Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak