Winners of the Vancouver Foodster Challenges in 2015

The mission of our Food and Drink challenges is to get chefs to create amazing dishes while using innovative ingredients to create unique flavours and outstanding creations. We congratulate the winning chefs, bartenders and their staff for creating what they believe are the best dishes, cocktails and desserts. It’s up to the media judges who’s task is to taste all the different creations in each of the respective challenges and vote for their favourites.

Here are the Top 3 winners in all the challenges in 2015:

Vancouver Foodster Chili Challenge

January 8-31, 2015

1st Place:

The Meatery

Grant Mckay

Created by: Grant Mckay

The Meatery’s Oaxacan Chilli

2nd Place: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi of Morocco West

3rd Place: Chefs George Moutsos and Aaron Smith – Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

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Vancouver Foodster 4th annual Poutine Challenge

February 5-28, 2015

1st Place:

Nomad Vancouver

 Chef Ryan Reed

Created by: Chef Ryan Reed

Crispy Duck Poutine

2nd Place: Chef Tai Luong Nguyen – Linh Cafe

3rd Place: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda – Ban Chok Dee

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Pizza Challenge

March 5-28, 2015

1st Place:

Alberello Pizzeria

Chef Cristina Marianetti and Azin Etesami (Co-Owner)

Created by: Azin Etesami (Owner/pizza lover) and Cristina Marianetti (Chef)

Verde Noce 

2nd Place: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch – Pizza Carano

3rd Place: Executive Chef Will Lucas – Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

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Vancouver Foodster Caesar Cocktail Challenge

March 12-April 5, 2015

1st Place:

Stateside Craft

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Created by: General Manager Benn McGuire & Bar Manager Colin Bussiere

B&C Craft Caesar

2nd Place: Cam Bogue, Beverage Director – Earl’s Restaurant

3rd Place: Chef A-guan Phutyeam and Mr. Kittipoj  Chidjarean – U & I Thai

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Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge

April 1-26, 2015

1st Place:

Cioffi’s Cucina

Chef Jason Symington & Chef Josh McWilliams

Created by: Chef Jason Symington & Chef Josh McWilliams

The Angelo

2nd Place: Chef Francis Vicente – Meinhardt

3rd Place (tie): Chef Nourdine Majdoubi – Argan Bistro

3rd Place (tie): Executive Chef Jaroslaw Faryna – The Copper Chimney

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Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge

April 22 – May 17, 2015

1st Place:

Ban Chok Dee

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Chiang Mai Noodles

2nd Place: Chef Piyush Sahay – Mercante

3rd Place: Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard – Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Taco Challenge

May 21 – June 14, 2015

1st Place: 

Little Mexico Cantina

Executive Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Owner Carol Janeczko

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

Tacos Cantineros

2nd Place: Berenice Balbuena & Rafael Flores – Molli Café

3rd Place: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston – Ban Chok Dee

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Vancouver Foodster Calamari Challenge

June 11 – July 5, 2015

1st Place: 

Argan Bistro

Chef Jeff Miller

Created by: Chef Jeff Miller

West Coast Blackened Squid Trio

2nd Place: Executive Chef Elliott Hashimoto – C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

3rd Place: Chef Danilo Ibara – American Grille

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Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge

July 9-30, 2015

1st Place (tie): The Apron

Allister Cave

Created by: Allister Cave

Solstice Sangria

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1st Place (tie): Pinnacle Pier Hotel

Amanda Marr

Created by: Amanda Marr from the Sales team

Sapporous Sangria

2nd Place: Head Bartender Chris Brown – C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

3rd Place: Executive Chef Parinya – Ban Chok Dee

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Vancouver Foodster Sundae Challenge

August 5-29, 2015

1st Place:

Beyond Coffee

Chef Andrea Fletcher

Created by: Pastry Chef Andrea Fletcher

Red Velvet Volcano Sundae

2nd Place: Gelaterie Maestro James Coleridge – Bella Gelateria

3rd Place (tie): Dorothy Tam – Styo Dessert

3rd Place (tie): Gelaterie Maestro James Coleridge – Bella Gelateria Yaletown

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Vancouver Foodster Ceviche Challenge

August 20 – September 13, 2015

1st Place:

Little Mexico Cantina

Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Owner, Carol Janeczko

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

Ceviche & Aguachile Estilo Sinaloa duo

2nd Place: Chef Brent Fisher – The Boathouse Restaurant

3rd Place: Chef Danilo Ibara – American Grille

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Vancouver Foodster Stacked Sandwich Challenge

September 10-30, 2015

1st Place (tie):

Saj & Co.

Malek Anouti

Created by: Malek Anouti

AL Haikal

and

1st Place (tie): Solly’s Bagelry

Leah Markovitch

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Pumped-Up Latkeh Eggel

2nd Place: Rose Concepcion & Thuy Kelp – Doughgirls Bakeshop

3rd Place: Executive Chef Jaroslaw Faryna – The Copper Chimney

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Vancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge

October 1-25, 2015

1st Place:

American Grille

Donovan Bramley

Created by: Donovan Bramley

Schadenfreudenater

2nd Place: Joel Dauncey – Bitter Tasting Room

3rd Place: James Olivier – Darby’s Public House

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Vancouver Foodster Best Burger Challenge

October 22 – November 15, 2015

1st Place 

Ban Chok Dee

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Siam Sliders

2nd Place: Chef Matt Thompson – The Cannibal Café

3rd Place: Chef Patrick Miller – Appleback Grill

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Vancouver Foodster Fried Chicken Challenge

November 5-29, 2015

1st Place

Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar

Created by: Chef Tyrel Branvold

Chewies Southern Fried Chicken

2nd Place: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston – Ban Chok Dee

3rd Place: Chef Scott Lesko – The Pressure Box Food Truck

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Thank you to everyone who tried the various dishes and drinks in the above mentioned challenges.

By: Richard Wolak