Winners of the Vancouver Foodster Challenges in 2016

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 2016:

Vancouver Foodster Grilled Cheese Challenge

January 8-31. 2016

1st Place:

Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck

Cindy Hamilton

Created by: Cindy Hamilton

‘The Hot Mama’

2nd Place: Chefs Yasmin Ghaffari and Elizabeth Carr of Melt City Grilled Cheese

3rd Place: Chef Malek Anouti of Saj & Co.

3rd Place: Chef Erik Smith of S’Wich Cafe

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Vancouver Foodster 5th annual Poutine Challenge

February 4-28, 2016

1st Place: Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ

Chef Hiro Amano & Sous Chef Alvin Su and Owner Duane McGaw

Created by: Collaborative effort by Owner Duane McGaw, Chef Hiro Amano & Sous Chef Alvin Su

Kushi Q-Tine

2nd Place: Chef Kai Sengewitz of La Brasserie

3rd Place: Chef  Tai Keattivanichvily of Thai Confusion

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Vancouver Foodster Rice Bowl Challenge

March 3-27, 2016

1st Place (tie): Ban Chok Dee

Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya Lopston

Siam in the City Rice Bowl

1st Place (tie): Oka-San Kitchen

Momma’s style Poke Rice Bowl

1st Place (tie): Saj & Co.

Chef Malek Anouti

Created by: Chef Malek Anouti

SHAMS Rice Bowl

2nd Place: Chef  John Chau of  American Grille

3rd Place: Chef  Ui Ratsomjit of U & I Thai

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Vancouver Foodster Meatballs Challenge

April 6-30, 2016

1st Place: Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Chef/Owner Carmine Paradiso

Created by:  Novo kitchen team

Sicilian Meatballs

2nd Place: Chef  Jaroslaw Faryna of  The Copper Chimney

3rd Place: Chef  Canale from Mario’s Meatballs and Chef Zack Steele from Baccano

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Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge

April 14 – May 8, 2016

1st Place: American Grille

Created by: Chef Danilo Ibara

Xango Cheese Cake

2nd Place: Chef  Sam Pero of Italia Bakery

3rd Place: Chef Emiddio Isernia of Small Victory Bread & Coffee

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Vancouver Foodster 3rd Taco Challenge

May 12 – June 5, 2016

1st Place: Little Mexico Cantina

Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Owner Carol

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

Taco Canauhtl

2nd Place: Chef  Moises Toyber of Las Tortas

3rd Place: Chef  Gilles_L´Heureux of Los Cuervos Taqueria

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Vancouver Foodster Smoothie Challenge

June 7-29, 2016

1st Place:  Che-Licious Desserts & Snacks

Linh Vo

Created by: Linh Vo

Crouching Coco Hidden Dragon

2nd Place: Chef Karen McAthy of Zend Conscious Lounge

3rd Place: Alex of Eternal Abundance

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Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge

June 9 – July 3, 2016

1st Place: Westward Ho

Marile Lucuik, Wylie Spencer and Chef Vince

2nd Place: Chef Adam Coppell of West Oak Restaurant

3rd Place (tie):  Chef Jeramie Adams of Bogart’s Bar

3rd Place (tie): Chef Manos of Nammos Estiatorio

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Vancouver Foodster Salad Challenge

July 8-31, 2016

1st Place (tie): House Special

Chef Yen Do

Created by: Chef Yen Do

Đà Nẵng Summer Salad

1st Place (tie): Ban Chok Dee

Chef Parinya Lopston

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

Yum Som-O (Pomelo Salad)

2nd Place: Chef Malek Anouti of Saj & Co.

3rd Place: Chef Ui Ratsomjit of  U & I Thai

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Vancouver Foodster Sundae Challenge

August 4-28, 2016

1st Place: EBO Restaurant

Executive Chef Keith Pears / Pastry Chef Candice Low

Created by: Executive Chef Keith Pears / Pastry Chef Candice Low

Sundae Surprise

2nd Place: Kathy Tung of Tmix Tea & Dessert

3rd Place: Michael Lai and Tommy Choi of Mister

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Sangria Challenge

September 1-25, 2016

1st Place: Ban Chok Dee

Created by:  Executive Chef Parinya Loptson and Bartender Chika Ikeda

Butterfly Effect

2nd Place: Mixologist – Bryan Statham of House Special

3rd Place: Jon Dewsbury of The Westin Bayshore

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Vancouver Foodster Spaghetti Challenge

October 5-30, 2016

1st Place: Apero Kitchen and Wine Bar

Chef Haymo Elzenbaumer

Created by: Chef Haymo Elzenbaumer

Spaghetti Rucola

2nd Place: Chef Carmine Paradiso of Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

3rd Place:  Chefs Ladda Kayankarn, Thares Chanto and Parinya Loptson of Ban Chok Dee

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Vancouver Foodster 3rd Annual Burger Challenge

October 14 – November 6, 2016

1st Place:  Storm Crow Alehouse

Kyle Depape

Created by: Kyle Depape – Assistant Kitchen Manager

The Stormbringer

2nd Place: Chef  KC of La Brasserie

3rd Place:  Chef Chris Papp and Chef Ty Stinson of Hopcott Meats

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Curry Challenge

November 3-27, 2016

1st Place: Chutney Villa

Muralee M

Created by:  Muralee M

Tamil Nadu Village Fish Curry

2nd Place: Chef  Kalai Selvaraj of the Dosa Hut

3rd Place:  Chef  Scott Kwan of Kaya Malay Bistro

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Vancouver Foodster Tiramisu Challenge

November 17 – December 11, 2016

1st Place:Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso

Espresso Tiramisu with Amarena Cherries

2nd Place: Chef Sam Pero of Italia Bakery

3rd Place:  Chefs Mallorie Cook ,and Tristin Domonic Leroux of Pizza Carano

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

By: Richard Wolak