Meatball Challenge 2015 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley and Pitt Meadows.  Each restaurant and deli featured their creation on their menu from April 1-26, 2015. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

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: Cassandra Anderton, Art Factora, Tara Lee and Stephanie Yuen

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Cioffi’s Cucina

Cioffi’s Cucina

The Angelo

Created by: Chef Jason Symington & Chef Josh McWilliams

Description: Delicious House-Made Meatballs with Mamma Cioffi’s Tomato Sauce, on a Toasted Ciabatta Baguette with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise and Fresh Arugula

Cioffi’s Cucina

4150 E Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel: (604) 291-9373

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

Twitter @cioffiscucina

Chef Jason Symington & Chef Josh McWilliams

Chef Jason Symington & Chef Josh McWilliams

2nd Place:

Meinhardt

Meinhardt

I HARDT Espresso Meat Ball

Created by: Francis Vicente

Description: Meaty perfection – ground beef with pork combined with a medley of espresso, cardamom & sriracha baked to tender perfection.

Meinhardt

3002 Granville Street

Tel: 604-732-4405

Web:  http://www.meinhardt.com/

Twitter: n/a

Chef Francis Vicente

Chef Francis Vicente

3rd Place (tie):

Argan Bistro

Argan Bistro

Quail You Try My Cheesy Meatballs

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Description: Quail egg and emmental cheese stuffed Moroccan meatballs baked in homemade taktouka sauce.

Argan Bistro

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://arganbistro.com/

Twitter: @ArganBistro

Kevin Lin (owner)

Kevin Lin (owner)

3rd Place (tie):

The Copper Chimney

The Copper Chimney

Mumbai Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Pasta Dumplings

Created by: Executive Chef Jaroslaw Faryna

Description: Roma tomato sauce, ground lamb, Indian Spices, onion, garlic

The Copper Chimney

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-8862

Web: http://www.copperchimney.ca/

Twitter: @CopperChimney_1

 

Chef Jaroslaw Faryna

Chef Jaroslaw Faryna

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Meatball 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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Siddarthas Indian Kitchen

Siddarthas Indian Kitchen

Royal India

Created by: Chef Siddharth Choudhary

Description: Paneer stuffed cardamom flavoured herbed chicken balls served with roasted tomatoes and garlic blended perfectly with rich cream with mint, cilantro and smooth smoky flavour.

Siddarthas Indian Kitchen

2066 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 215-7556

Web: http://siddharthaskitchen.com/

Twitter: @ChefSiddharthas

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Argan Bistro

Argan Bistro

Quail You Try My Cheesy Meatballs

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Description: Quail egg and emmental cheese stuffed Moroccan meatballs baked in homemade taktouka sauce.

Argan Bistro

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://arganbistro.com/

Twitter: @ArganBistro

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Surf & Turf on a Bed of Pad Ped

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda

Description:  Beef and pork blended with Thai herbs (including ginger; kaffir lime skin; grated coconut; basil; and glass noodles) wrapped around a single prawn. Served on a nest of crunchy and soft egg noodles with asparagus stalks, shitake mushrooms, pepper slices and fresh peppercorn. Topped with a thick, rich pad ped sauce harmonized with coconut milk.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

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

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Meatball creations! See all the 13 Meatball Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak