Curry Challenge 2018 Winners

The 3rd Vancouver Foodster Curry Challenge was a great success featuring unique curry creations at restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from March 8 – April 1, 2018. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

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.

Each media judge scored each creation with a maximum of 40 points as follows: Overall Taste 20 points, Originality and Uniqueness 10 points, Presentation and Appearance 10 points. The highest number of points a challenge creation could have been awarded is 120 points.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Areta Wong, Rick Green and Roanna Young

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{116 points}

Ban Chok Dee

Springtime Scallops in Thai Curry Sauce

Price: $17

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

Description: Representing the colorful springtime life in our beautiful Lower Mainland…We have created this curry dish with seared jumbo scallops infused with pandan leaves. It comes with amusing bites of Thai rice crackers stuffed with smoked, spiced bale-infused pork belly, pickled jicama and caramelized cherry tomatoes. Served in Thai curry sauce, purple & orange sweet potato purée, basil drops, dehydrated fruits with coconut jasmine rice and garnished with edible spring flowers and dill.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeethai

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

Chef Parinya Lopston

2nd Place (tie):

{106 points}

Showcase Restaurant

Moroccan Lamb Shank

Price: $31

Created by: Chef Marc Friesen

Description: Braised 14oz Lamb Shank, Braised in Curry Tomato Sauce, Mint Yogurt Drizzle, Roasted Cauliflower and Grape Tomato, Pickled Cabbage, Fried Garbanzo Beans and Cilantro.

Offered: Lunch and Dinner daily

Showcase Restaurant

1122 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 639-4040

Web: http://www.showcaserestaurant.com/

Twitter: @Showcase_Van

Instagram @showcaserestaurant

Chef Marc Friesen

2nd Place (tie):

{106 points}

Viet House Restaurant

Tropical Duck Curry

Price: $15

Created by: Chef John Nguyen

Description: Sous-vide duck leg cooked in red curry served with rice.

Offered: all day, every day.

Viet House Restaurant

3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-379-9388

Web: http://www.viethouserestaurant.com

Instagram: @viet_house_restaurant

Chef John Nguyen

3rd Place:

{92.5 points}

Spicy 6 Fine Indian Cuisine

Exotic Saffron Chicken

Price: $25.00

Created by: Chef Chanchal

Description: Indian Exotic Saffron chicken curry served with Jasmine Rice and House made Naan.

Offered: Dinner only

Spicy 6 Fine Indian Cuisine

1116 Robson St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-7999

Web: http://www.spicy6.com/zgrid/themes/11934/intro/index.jsp

Twitter @Spicy6onrobson

Instagram @spicy6eats

Chef Chanchal

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Meinhardt

Tandoori Salmon in Lobster Curry

Price: $2.59 per 100 grams served on hot bar

Created by: Chef Mohinder Toga

Description: Wild Salmon Marinade in Tandoori Spice, Grilled and gently simmered in a lobster curry with a note of coconut served on top of basmati rice

Offered: on the hot bar everyday after 11am.

Meinhardt

South Granville Location

3002 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 732 4405

and

Meinhardt

Downtown Pacific Centre Location

609 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 681 8175

Web: https://meinhardtfinefoods.com

Twitter: @Meinhardtfoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee

Springtime Scallops in Thai Curry Sauce

Price: $17

Created by: Chef Parinya Lopston

Description: Representing the colorful springtime life in our beautiful Lower Mainland…We have created this curry dish with seared jumbo scallops infused with pandan leaves. It comes with amusing bites of Thai rice crackers stuffed with smoked, spiced bale-infused pork belly, pickled jicama and caramelized cherry tomatoes. Served in Thai curry sauce, purple & orange sweet potato purée, basil drops, dehydrated fruits with coconut jasmine rice and garnished with edible spring flowers and dill.

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeethai

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Showcase Restaurant

Moroccan Lamb Shank

Price: $31

Created by: Chef Marc Friesen

Description: Braised 14oz Lamb Shank, Braised in Curry Tomato Sauce, Mint Yogurt Drizzle, Roasted Cauliflower and Grape Tomato, Pickled Cabbage, Fried Garbanzo Beans and Cilantro.

Offered: Lunch and Dinner daily

Showcase Restaurant

1122 W Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 639-4040

Web: http://www.showcaserestaurant.com/

Twitter: @Showcase_Van

Instagram @showcaserestaurant

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

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

By: Richard Wolak