Pasta Challenge 2015 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, Burnaby, and Langley.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from April 22 – May 17, 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: Joyce Lam, David Cruise, Laurie Logan and Zahra Alani.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Chiang Mai Noodles

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Description:  Egg noodles stir fried with Thai herb paste,(shallots, garlic, kaffir lime skin, ginger, lemongrass) and young coconut slices lay on top of baby bok choy topped with curry sauce served with  2 chicken drumsticks and garnish with chilli oil , shallots slices , lime wedges, Beansprout, cilantro and sour cabbage slice.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

2nd Place:

Mercante

Mercante

Rotolo con cavolo ricotta e chorizo

Description: Rolled pasta filled with Bechamel, Kale, Ricotta Cheese and Chorizo baked in our woodstone oven at 700 degrees and finished with arrabiatta sauce.

Created by: Chef Piyush Sahay

Mercante

6488 University Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 827-2210

Web: http://www.food.ubc.ca/place/mercante/

Twitter: @ubcfoodie #mercante

 

3rd Place:

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Novo Pizzeria

Novo Corzetti

Description: Hand made Corzetti with pesto, burrata, toasted pine nuts,  lemon zest, Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon zest, basil

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

 

Carmine Paradiso

Carmine Paradiso

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Pasta 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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Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

Chiang Mai Noodles

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Description:  Egg noodles stir fried with Thai herb paste,(shallots, garlic, kaffir lime skin, ginger, lemongrass) and young coconut slices lay on top of baby bok choy topped with curry sauce served with  2 chicken drumsticks and garnish with chilli oil , shallots slices , lime wedges, Beansprout, cilantro and sour cabbage slice.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Federico’s Supper Club

Romagna Mia

Romagna Mia

Description: Traditional Italian ingredients, with origins stemming from the Romagna, Toscana and Umbria regions, merge together in creating a delicious experience shared by many in Italy’s distinct history and philosophy of its food.  Enjoy Pappardelle in a beef and chicken liver ragu, accented with flavours of pancetta, vermouth, sage, tomatoes and Grana Padano shavings.  Like the song ‘Romagna Mia’ it beckons the Old Country.

Created by: Executive Chef Romy Prasad

Federico’s Supper Club

1728 Commercial Drive

Tel: 604.251.3473

Web: http://www.federicossupperclub.com/

Twitter: @FedericosClub

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Mercante

Mercante

Rotolo con cavolo ricotta e chorizo

Description: Rolled pasta filled with Bechamel, Kale, Ricotta Cheese and Chorizo baked in our woodstone oven at 700 degrees and finished with arrabiatta sauce.

Created by: Chef Piyush Sahay

Mercante

6488 University Boulevard, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 827-2210

Web: http://www.food.ubc.ca/place/mercante/

Twitter: @ubcfoodie #mercante

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

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Pasta creations! See all the 10 Pasta Challenge Entries Here.

By: Richard Wolak