Taco Challenge 2015 Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster 2nd Taco Challenge was a huge success featuring 13 taco creations from restaurants around Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their taco creation from May 21 – June 14, 2015. 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: Sean Neild, Mary Sheridan, Corey Basso and Sonia Beeksma

The Winners are:

1st Place: Little Mexico Cantina

Tacos Cantineros

Tacos Cantineros

Description:

Taco Don Pedro – Edam cheese chicharron, chorizo sofrito, prawns and braised short ribs glazed with Pedro Ximenez reduction topped with julienned pear

Ensenada Stye Fish Taco – Snapper dusted with Little Mexico seasoning, topped with house dressing, guacamole sauce, white and purple cabbage slaw and pineapple pico de gallo

Lobster Cazadores Taco – Sautéed lobster, shallots, garlic, thai chile, lime juice, Little Mexico seasoning and Tequila Cazadores Reposado served over a bed of refried black beans topped with papaya, pickled red onions and cilantro served on double 4” corn tortillas – gluten free

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

Little Mexico Cantina

3131 Chatham St #150, Richmond

Tel: (604) 272-5123

Web: http://www.littlemexicocantina.com/

Twitter: @MexicoCarol

Instagram: littlemexicocantina

Executive Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Owner Carol Janeczko

Executive Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Owner Carol Janeczko

2nd Place: 

Molli Café

Fraser Valley duck Mixiote

Fraser Valley duck Mixiote with cactus salad

Description: Duck leg marinated in guajillo sauce and spices. Then the meat it is wrapped in package with parchment paper (traditionally with a paper made out of maguey leaves skin) and slowly cooked in the oven. It is served with a fresh cactus leaves salad (salt cured and seasoned with vinegar, limes, onions and oregano). It is a really traditional dish from central Mexico made out of rabbit or lamb, usually cactus will be cooked in with the meat, but we decides to go for a salad to give that nice freshness and acidity.

Created by Berenice Balbuena & Rafael Flores

Molli Café

1225 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-6554

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Molli-Cafe/1433190433617382

Twitter: @MolliCafe

Instagram: molli_cafe

Chefs Berenice Balbuena & Rafael Flores

Chefs Berenice Balbuena & Rafael Flores

3rd Place:

Ban Chok Dee

Thai Taco Platter

Thai Taco Platter

Description:  Salmon citrus filling in homemade herbal soft tortillas along with northern style sweet & salty pork salsa with crispy mini bite shells.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

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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Ban Chok Dee

Thai Taco Platter

Thai Taco Platter

Description:  Salmon citrus filling in homemade herbal soft tortillas along with northern style sweet & salty pork salsa with crispy mini bite shells.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: banchokdeethai

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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American Grille

Wanna Taco ‘Bout It

Wanna Taco ‘Bout It

Price: $16 (for 3 tacos)

Description: Braised pork Belly, BBQ Hoisin Sauce, Sriracha Aioli, Kimchi, Cucumber w/ a Pickled Daikon and Carrot Granish on a Steamed Bun

Created by: Chef Jaspere Regalado

Offered: all the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://www.american-grille.com

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

Instagram: grilleyvr

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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U&I Thai

U&I Thai Fish Taco

U&I Thai Fish Taco

Price: $8.95

Description: Fish taco

Created by: Chef Ui Ratsomjit

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

Instagram: n/a

 

 

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 13 Taco entries here. 

By: Richard Wolak