Burger Challenge Winners 2017

The Vancouver Foodster 4th Annual Best Burger Challenge was a huge success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their burger creation from October 19 – November 12, 2017. 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: Sherman Chan, Ed Lau and Hanson Do.

Each media judge will have scored the creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points). The total number of points a burger creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{102 points}

Fresh Window by Drew’s Catering

Burger Noir

Created by: Chef Sekihata Katsuyuki

Price: $12

Description: 24 hour braised beef short rib, savoy cabbage coleslaw, horseradish aioli, shoestring potato & black brioche bun – Add shaved black truffles ($15 supplement)

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: 11am-3pm Monday – Friday.

Fresh Window at Drew’s Catering

1312 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver

Web: https://drewscatering.com/

Instagram @freshwindowvan

Chef Sekihata Katsuyuki

2nd place:

{100 points}

Falconetti’s

Falconetti’s Smokehouse Steakburger

Created by:Chef Jo and Chef Billy

Price: $17

Description: Using Canada’s best sirloin beef, we top it with carefully chosen ingredients to complement this beefy bliss. Starting with a smoky gouda cheese and house cherry-wood smoked bacon that is accented by sweet pickle red onion, and chopped romaine, this defining burger is slathered with a Tennessee whisky tomato jam and our grainy mustard aioli on each side of a custom created Cabernet bun. Served with our special hand cut fries.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Served from 5 pm everyday

Falconetti’s

1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://falconettis.com/

Twitter:@Falconettis

Instagram: @falconettis

 

3rd Place (tie):

{99 points}

H2 Rotisserie Bar

Hot Jill Meats Huckleberry B.C. Bison Burger

Created by: Chef Caitlin Mark

Price: $19

Description: 6 oz. grass fed pasture raised BC bison, huckleberry relish, Little Qualicum hot jill monterey cheddar, crisp barnston island red frill lettuce, garlic aioli, served on an artisan challah bun.

Main Protein Ingredient: Bison

Offered: Lunch and dinner meal-times (12:00pm – 10:00pm, daily)

H2 Rotisserie Bar

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 691-6966

Web: http://h2restaurant.com/

Twitter: @H2restaurant

Instagram @h2restaurant

Chef Caitlin Mark

3rd Place (tie):

{99 points}

The Ellis

The Mediterranean

Created by: Chef Tyler Dallner

Price: $17

Description: One pork and one beef patty, roasted peppers and onions, ricotta and provolone cheeses, pickled chillies and dried tomatoes

Main Protein Ingredient: Pork and Beef

Offered: All the time

The Ellis

2204 York Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-2456

Web: http://www.theellis.ca/

Instagram @theelliskits

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Burger creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Hopcott Meats

Farmer Bob’s Burger

Created by: Christina Sepidoza

Price: $12.50

Description: 6oz Hopcott prime rib patty, topped with pickled and panko breaded jalapeno peppers, cheddar & monterey jack cheese, Hopcott’s honey chipotle sauce, lettuce & tomato on a pretzel bun.  Served with house cut fries or green salad with Hopcott Mandarin Dill dressing

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 10:30am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Falconetti’s

Falconetti’s Smokehouse Steakburger

Created by:Chef Jo and Chef Billy

Price: $17

Description: Using Canada’s best sirloin beef, we top it with carefully chosen ingredients to complement this beefy bliss. Starting with a smoky gouda cheese and house cherry-wood smoked bacon that is accented by sweet pickle red onion, and chopped romaine, this defining burger is slathered with a Tennessee whisky tomato jam and our grainy mustard aioli on each side of a custom created Cabernet bun. Served with our special hand cut fries.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Served from 5 pm everyday

Falconetti’s

1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://falconettis.com/

Twitter:@Falconettis

Instagram: @falconettis

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

The Ellis

The Mediterranean

Created by: Chef Tyler Dallner

Price: $17

Description: One pork and one beef patty, roasted peppers and onions, ricotta and provolone cheeses, pickled chillies and dried tomatoes

Main Protein Ingredient: Pork and Beef

Offered: All the time

The Ellis

2204 York Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-2456

Web: http://www.theellis.ca/

Instagram @theelliskits

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

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

By: Richard Wolak