Cheesecake Challenge Winners 2018

The Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge was another success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from November 2-25, 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.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Rick Green, Louisa Chan and Jacqueline Chui.

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 sandwich creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{107 points}

Charisma Cafe

Apples to Apples

Price: $11

Created by: Chef Melissa Chan

Description: Signature apple cheesecake with apple chai affogato on toffee brandy ice cream.

Offered: all the time

Charisma Cafe

197 Keefer Place, Vancouver

Web: http://charismabc.com/

Instagram @cafecharisma

Chef Melissa Chan

2nd Place:

{99 points}

Just Cakes Bakeshop

Hazelnut Caramel Chai Cheesecake

Price: $6.75

Created by:Chef Raveena Oberoi

Description: Hazelnut biscotti base, chocolate caramel layer, chai tea cheesecake. Decorated with cocoa and cream.

Offered: all the time

Just Cakes Bakeshop

#5-7548 120 Street, Surrey

Tel:604 503 5577

Web: https://www.justcakesbc.com/

Instagram @justcakesbakeshop

Chef Raveena Oberoi

3rd Place:

{94 points}

Italia Bakery

Raspberry Eggnog Gingerbread Cheesecake

Price: $4.99

Created by: Chef Sam Pero

Description: Gingerbread crumble crust with an eggnog baked cheesecake, topped with gingerbread ganache, crumble and fresh raspberries.

Offered: all the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Just Cakes Bakeshop

Hazelnut Caramel Chai Cheesecake

Price: $6.75

Created by:Chef Raveena Oberoi

Description: Hazelnut biscotti base, chocolate caramel layer, chai tea cheesecake. Decorated with cocoa and cream.

Offered: all the time

Just Cakes Bakeshop

#5-7548 120 Street, Surrey

Tel:604 503 5577

Web: https://www.justcakesbc.com/

Instagram @justcakesbakeshop

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Castella Cheesecake

Signature New Yorker- Strawberry

Price: $7.75

Created by: Billy Fang

Classic NYC style cheesecake with our famous house-made whole fruit sauces and lavish amount of whip cream, and ice cream.

Offered: available all day.

Castella Cheesecake

1190 Robson Street, Vancouver

Web: https://castella-cheesecake.business.site/

Twitter @CastellaRobson

Instagram @castellacheesecake

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Charisma Cafe

Apples to Apples

Price: $11

Created by: Alan Chan

Description: Signature apple cheesecake with apple chai affogato on toffee brandy ice cream.

Offered: all the time

Charisma Cafe

197 Keefer Place, Vancouver

Web: http://charismabc.com/

Instagram @cafecharisma

Thank you to the chefs, bakeries and cafes that accepted my invitation and featured their Cheesecake creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

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

By: Richard Wolak