Winners of the Vancouver Foodster Challenges in 2017

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 2017:

Vancouver Foodster Signature Coffee Drink Challenge

January 12 – February 5, 2017

1st Place:

Cafe Orso

Luca (centre) and the team

Created by: Luca and his team

Orso Macchiato

2nd Place (tie): Vincent Wong of Faebrew

2nd Place (tie): Drew Powell of Platform 7 Coffee

3rd Place (tie): Pui Lee of Aer Cafe

3rd Place (tie): Declan Carroll of Milano Coffee

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Vancouver Foodster 6th annual Poutine Challenge

February 7-28, 2017

1st Place: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

Chef Chris Andraza

Smoked Oysters Poutine

Created by: Chef Chris Andraza

2nd Place: Chef Nevada Cope of Ritual

3rd Place:  Chef Helena Dakwa of Kofta Meatball Kitchen

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Vancouver Foodster Grilled Cheese Challenge

February 24 – March 19. 2017

1st Place: Melt City Grilled Cheese

Yasmin Ghaffari

so Gouda

Created by: Chefs : Yasmin Ghaffari and Elizabeth Carr

2nd Place: Paul Bhangoo and Tim Cuff of West Village Cafe

3rd Place: Larry Jordan of Cheeses Crust Food Truck

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Vancouver Foodster 3rd Pizza Challenge

March 3-26, 2017

1st Place: Pizzeria SpaccaNapoli

Chef Marco Cresciullo

Alla Facciazza Pizza

Created by: Chef Marco Cresciullo

2nd Place (tie): Chef Carmine Paradiso and team

2nd Place (tie): Chef Danilo of Bay Moorings Restaurant

3rd Place: Chef Luca Carbone of Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods

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Vancouver Foodster Pie Challenge

March 9-April 2, 2017

1st Place: Half Baked Cookie Co.

Chef Cheryl Low

Island Time

Created by: Chef Cheryl Low

2nd Place: the team of Aphrodite’s Organic Pie Shop

3rd Place: the team of East Village Bakery

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Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge

April 6-30, 2017

1st Place: Mosaic Grille

 

Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef and team

The Mac Daddy

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

2nd Place: Chef DJ of Tour de Feast

3rd Place: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs of Storm Crow Tavern

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Vancouver Foodster Caesar Cocktail Challenge

May 4-28, 2017

1st Place: Ban Chok Dee

Parinya Loptson

BanChokDee TYG Caesar

Created by:  Parinya Loptson of Ban Chok Dee

2nd Place: Bryan Statham of House Special 

3rd Place (tie): Mark Ryan of Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

3rd Place (tie): Simon Hawley of Hendricks Resto-Lounge

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Vancouver Foodster 4th Taco Challenge

May 11 – June 4, 2017

1st Place: Little Mexico Cantina

Chef Roberto Lopez Lara and Carol Janeczko

Taco Tikin Xic

Created by: Chef Roberto Lopez Lara

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

3rd Place (tie): Nico Riekert & Joe Lauriente of The Pawn Shop YVR

3rd Place (tie): Chef Elena Sanchez of Patron Tacos & Cantina

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Vancouver Foodster 3rd Chicken Wings Challenge

June 4 – June 29, 2017

1st Place: Sabai Thai Restaurant

Deep fried Tom Yum Wings

Created by: Chef SamleePanpadungkul, Chef Saeng Pongpradith and Jau Sekhon

2nd Place: Chef Sam Cargnelli of Storm Crow Tavern

3rd Place:  Chef Bobby Shin of Maru Korean Bistro

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Vancouver Foodster Eggs Benedict Challenge

June 15 – July 8, 2017

1st Place: Mosaic Grille

Chefs and restaurant team

Down South Canuck

Created  by: Chef Jeff Szombaty

2nd Place: Chef of Feast Dining

3rd Place:  Chef George Koay of the Breakfast Table

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Salad Challenge

July 20 – August 13, 2017

1st Place: Mosaic Grille

Chefs Jo Ong, Jeff Szombaty and team

Ahi Tuna Poke Ball

Created by: Chefs Jo Ong, Jeff Szombaty

2nd Place: Chef Shane Marriott of Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno

3rd Place (tie):  Chef Ryan Mah of Pacific Poke

3rd Place (tie):  Chefs Reno and Jak of The Poke Guy

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Vancouver Foodster 3rd Sundae Challenge

August 3-27, 2017

1st Place (tie): I.ce Queen

Karen Li (left)

Puddilicous

Created by: Karen Li

1st Place (tie): Dolce Amore

Daniela Grippo

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli Sundae

Created by: Gelatieri Daniela Grippo and Giancarlo Cusano

2nd Place:  Ian Bruce and Head of R&D Andy of Umaluma

3rd Place (tie):  Dan Garcia of Hugo’s Churros

3rd Place (tie):  Chef Genevieve Plishka of Beyond Coffee

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Vancouver Foodster Margarita Challenge

August 24 – September 17, 2017

1st Place: Patron Tacos & Cantina

Israel Llamas

Coconut Spice Margarita

Created by:  Head Bartenders Israel Llamas & Carlos Bermudez

2nd Place:  Executive Chef Parinya Loptson of Ban Chok Dee

3rd Place: Cole Hayton of Storm Crow Tavern

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Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge

September 7-30, 2017

1st Place: Delizie

Chef Rosangela Atte

Vesuvio

Created by: Chef Rosangela Atte

2nd Place: Chef Rico Verzosa of Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

3rd Place:  Scott Robertson of Rosemary Rocksalt

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Vancouver Foodster 2nd Pasta Challenge

October 5-29, 2017

1st Place: Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Chef Carmine Paridiso

Crab Ravioli

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso

2nd Place: Chefs team of Mosaic Grille

3rd Place: Chef Haymo Elzenbaumer of Apero Kitchen and Wine Bar

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Vancouver Foodster 4th Annual Burger Challenge

October 19 – November 12, 2017

1st Place:  Fresh Window by Drew’s Catering

Chef Sekihata Katsuyuki

Burger Noir

Created by: Chef Sekihata Katsuyuki

2nd Place: Chef Joseph and Chef Billy of Falconetti’s

3rd Place (tie): Chef Caitlin Mark of H2 Rotisserie Bar

3rd Place (tie): Chef Tyler Dallner of The Ellis

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Vancouver Foodster Cake Challenge

November 9 – December 3, 2017

1st Place: Fratelli Bakery

Chef Tamara Fraser

Rocky Road Cake

Created by: Chef Tamara Fraser

2nd Place: Chef Raveena Oberoi of Just Cakes Bakery

3rd Place: Chef Sam Pero of Italia Bakery

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

By: Richard Wolak