Fried Chicken Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Fried Chicken Challenge was a huge success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their Fried Chicken creation from November 5-29, 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: Tara Lee, Sherman Chan and Stephanie Yuen.

The Winners are:

1st Place

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewies Southern Fried Chicken

Price: $21

Description: Our Southern fried chicken is marinated in buttermilk for 2 days, fried then lightly dusted with Cajun spices and served with green beans, mashed potatoes then topped with a Cajun honey butter drizzle.

Created by: Chef Tyrel Branvold

Offered: Both locations for dinner service.  Coal Harbour starting at 3pm, Kits starting at 5pm.

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-4448

Web: http://chewies.ca/

Twitter: @ChewiesOysters

and

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

110-1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-7634

Web:  http://chewies.ca/

Twitter: @ChewiesOysters

2nd Place:

Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

BCD Nahm Gai Tord

Price: $12

Description:  Cured, fried chicken wings on a spicy ginger caramel sauce with ground peanuts, served with fresh Jicama root slices complimented with a pineapple / coconut sticky rice / sweet & sour crunchy rice noodle side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

3rd Place

The Pressure Box

The Pressure Box

Not Your Grandmas Fried Chicken

Price: $8 for 1 piece with fries and slaw, $10 for 2 pieces with slaw and $12 for 2 pieces fries and slaw.

Description: Buttermilk brined, double dusted  , honey caraway coleslaw, house cut  kennebec fries.

Created by: Chef Scott Lesko

Offered:  Available lunch Tuesday to Friday and Saturday nights at 33 acres … We do move around during the wee a bit but are at 5th and Quebec Wednesday  lunch , 33 acres Wednesday lunch, and Georgia and burrard Tuesday and Friday.

The Pressure Box Food Truck

Location: For the exact location daily click here 

Tuesday to Friday lunch at Georgia and Burrard and Saturday nights at 33 acres brewery. 5th and Quebec Wednesday  lunch , 33 acres Wednesday lunch.

Web: http://thepressurebox.ca/

Twitter: @ThePressurebox

Chef Scott Lesko

Chef Scott Lesko

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Fried Chicken 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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Bao Down

Bao Chicka Bao Bao

Bao Chicka Bao Bao

Price: $6

Description: Garlic & lemongrass fried chicken, carrot and daikon in a Thai vinaigrette, garlic scape mayo, fish sauce glaze and crispy garlic in a steamed Bao bun

Created by: Chef Greg Edwards

Offered: All the time.

Bao Down

12 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel:  (778) 379-3611

Web: http://www.baodown.ca/

Twitter: @baodowngastown

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

Chewies Southern Fried Chicken

Price: $21

Description: Our Southern fried chicken is marinated in buttermilk for 2 days, fried then lightly dusted with Cajun spices and served with green beans, mashed potatoes then topped with a Cajun honey butter drizzle.

Created by: Chef Tyrel Branvold

Offered: Both locations for dinner service.  Coal Harbour starting at 3pm, Kits starting at 5pm.

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 558-4448

Web: http://chewies.ca/

Twitter: @ChewiesOysters

and

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

110-1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-7634

Web:  http://chewies.ca/

Twitter: @ChewiesOysters

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Ban Chok Dee

Ban Chok Dee

BCD Nahm Gai Tord

Price: $12

Description:  Cured, fried chicken wings on a spicy ginger caramel sauce with ground peanuts, served with fresh Jicama root slices complimented with a pineapple / coconut sticky rice / sweet & sour crunchy rice noodle side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Thank you to the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Fried Chicken on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Fried Chicken creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak