Nachos Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Nachos Challenge was a success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from November 8 – December 2, 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: Andrew Chan, Zahra Alani and Jess Chan.

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:

{113 points}

Ban Chok Dee

Béchamel Taro Nachos

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Parinya

Description: Inspired by the traditional Thai Mee Krob snack with a western twist. This special Nacho dish features Avocado Béchamel sauce over a Prawn Tamarind Mee Krob topping on crisp Taro chips.

Offered: All the time.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram @banchokdeethai

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 459-8000

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

Chef Parinya

2nd Place:

{102 points}

Andina Brewing Co.

Platachos

Price: $12

Created by: Andrés Amaya

Description: very unique nachos made with plantain chips instead of tortilla chips. We add the regular toppings (diced tomatoes, jalapeños, black olives, spring onions), with the addition of crumbled toasted bacon if desired. We do not use a pico de gallo salsa but rather we use a HOGAO sauce (authentic Colombian recipe) made with fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, cilantro, green onions and other ingredients – served warm. In addition, and if desired, we offer a Cilantro Aioli sauce.(so decadent you can´t stop dipping).

Offered: all the time

Andina Brewing Company Inc.

1507 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-2400

Web:https://andinabrewing.ca/

Twitter:@AndinaBrewingCo

Instagram: @andinabrewingco

 

3rd Place:

{98 points}

La Cantina Tacos

Tropical Nachos

Price: $16

Created by: David Martinez, Rebeca Laso, Nicolas Perez, Nuria Gonzalez

Description : Our nachos with a melted mix of 3 different cheese, mozzarella, cheddar and monterrey with a bacon jam, mango pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa avocado and spicy pineapple sauce.

Offered: all the time

La Cantina Tacos

722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8981

Web: http://tacoslacantina.ca/

Twitter @LaCantinaTacos

Instagram @lacantinatacos

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Andina Brewing Co.

Platachos

Price: $12

Created by: Andrés Amaya

Description: very unique nachos made with plantain chips instead of tortilla chips. We add the regular toppings (diced tomatoes, jalapeños, black olives, spring onions), with the addition of crumbled toasted bacon if desired. We do not use a pico de gallo salsa but rather we use a HOGAO sauce (authentic Colombian recipe) made with fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic, cilantro, green onions and other ingredients – served warm. In addition, and if desired, we offer a Cilantro Aioli sauce.(so decadent you can´t stop dipping).

Offered: all the time

Andina Brewing Company Inc.

1507 Powell Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-2400

Web:https://andinabrewing.ca/

Twitter:@AndinaBrewingCo

Instagram: @andinabrewingco

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Ban Chok Dee

Béchamel Taro Nachos

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Parinya

Description: Inspired by the traditional Thai Mee Krob snack with a western twist. This special Nacho dish features Avocado Béchamel sauce over a Prawn Tamarind Mee Krob topping on crisp Taro chips.

Offered: All the time.

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram @banchokdeethai

And

Ban Chok Dee

20395 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 459-8000

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

Instagram: @banchokdeemr

 

3rd Place (tie) People’s Choice:

Hugo’s Tacos & Churros

The MMN

Price: $17

Created by: Dan Garcia

Description: The MMN (Most Mexican nachos) with veggie chorizo, pineapples, beans, pico, queso, avocado crema, salsa roja crema, and regular crema. All to make a Mexican flag

Offered: All the time

Hugo’s Tacos & Churros

7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond

Web: http://hugoschurros.com/

Twitter: @Hugoschurros

Instagram: @hugoschurros

 

3rd Place (tie) People’s Choice:

La Cantina Tacos

Tropical Nachos

Price: $16

Created by: David Martinez, Rebeca Laso, Nicolas Perez, Nuria Gonzalez

Description : Our nachos with a melted mix of 3 different cheese, mozzarella, cheddar and monterrey with a bacon jam, mango pico de gallo, sour cream, salsa avocado and spicy pineapple sauce.

Offered: all the time

La Cantina Tacos

722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8981

Web: http://tacoslacantina.ca/

Twitter @LaCantinaTacos

Instagram @lacantinatacos

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

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

By: Richard Wolak