The Curry Cup

Chef Roger Ma and this 1st place winning Balinese chicken curry.

Chef Roger Ma and this 1st place winning Balinese chicken curry.

On March 7, I attended this 3rd annual fundraiser event presented by The Chefs’ Table Society of BC. Foodies tasted unique and different curries from 8 participating restaurants as they competed for top judging prize as well as the people’s choice awards.

Roger Ma and the team from Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar was crowned with 1st place winning the Third Annual Curry Cup competition for his Balinese chicken curry.

Roger Ma and the team from Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar was crowned with 1st place winning the Third Annual Curry Cup competition for his Balinese chicken curry.

Chef de cuisine Roger Ma and the team from Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar was crowned with 1st place winning the Third Annual Curry Cup competition for his Balinese chicken curry.

chef Westley Feist of Showcase Kitchen and Bar for his coconut shrimp, scallop and mushroom curry.

Chef Westley Feist of Showcase Kitchen and Bar, People’s Choice winner for his coconut shrimp, scallop and mushroom curry.

(From left to right) People’s Choice winner, Showcase Kitchen and Bar Chefs Brett spencer, Shoh Zaynutdinov, Westley Feist, and Jesse Hochhausen.

(From left to right) People’s Choice winner, Showcase Kitchen and Bar Chefs Brett spencer, Shoh Zaynutdinov, Westley Feist, and Jesse Hochhausen.

People’s Choice for the event went to sous chef Westley Feist of Showcase Kitchen and Bar for his coconut shrimp, scallop and mushroom curry.

The sold out Curry Cup competition returned to Heritage Hall for a battle of the spices. Eight acclaimed chefs from across the Vancouver culinary scene faced off to determine which curry would reign supreme. The flavours of the competing curries ranged from sweet, to spicy with ingredients that were both traditional and unexpected. From the proceeds of the event, $2,000 was donated to Growing Chefs.

Along with Curry Cup winner and People’s Choice winner, top chefs from the Vancouver culinary scene stepped up to take part, namely Burdock & Co, Cook Culture, Fable Restaurant, Homer St. Cafe, Longtail Kitchen and Torafuku.

Last year’s winner, Rob Ratcliffe, Hawksworth Restaurant, returned this year as a judge along with Sonia Beeksma, Global BC, Meeru Dhalwala, Vij’s, My Shanti, Rangoli, Barbara- Jo McIntosh, Barbara -Jo’s Books to Cooks, and Mijune Pak, Follow Me Foodie. It was their expert palates that ultimately crowned chef Ma as the winner.

Bella Gelateria provided lemon & matcha sorbetto and Tahitan vanilla Maui pineapple Japanese curry gelato.

Bella Gelateria provided lemon & matcha sorbetto and Tahitan vanilla Maui pineapple Japanese curry gelato.

To cool and cleanse the palate Bella Gelateria provided lemon & matcha sorbetto and Tahitan vanilla Maui pineapple Japanese curry gelato.

This was such a fun night of tasting curries.

By: Richard Wolak