Chicken and Waffles Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Chicken and Waffles Challenge was a success featuring creations from restaurants around greater Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their Chicken and Waffles creation from February 21 – March 15, 2020. 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: Sophia Hu, Rick Green 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 Chicken and Waffles creation could earn is 120 points.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{98 points}

Egg & Co. Chicken Waffle

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Benjamin Ho

Description: Crispy Fried Chicken Karaage, Chive Waffle, Srirracha Mayo, Green Onions, Nori, Bacon

Offered: Weekdays only from 9am-3pm. Closed Wednesdays.

Egg and Co.

4245 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-9301

Web: https://eggandco.ca/

Instagram @eggncompany

2nd Place:

{93 points}

C Market Coffee

Ramen Crusted Fried Chicken and Waffles

Price: $16

Created by: The team

Description: The dish is a juicy marinated boneless chicken thigh, dipped in buttermilk then crusted with Ramen noodles. Served with our classic waffles, potato hash and the option of three dipping sauces. It comes with a spicy tartar sauce, a honey mustard and a cinnamon infused maple syrup.

Offered: Monday to Sunday 9am to 2pm.

C Market Coffee

111 – 100 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam

Tel:(604) 474-2026

Web: https://cmarket.ca/word/

Instagram @cmarket_coffee

 

3rd Place:

{89 points}

TUC Craft Kitchen

Crispy Chicken & Waffles

Price: $17 at brunch and $21 at dinner.

Created by: the team

Description: Two pieces of crispy fried free-run chicken breasts piled onto our soft savoury waffles and accompanied by our homemade chili ginger sauce plus a side of classic maple syrup.

Offered: Fridays – Sundays for brunch and Sundays – Thursdays for dinner.

TUC Craft Kitchen

60 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8999

Web: https://www.tuccraftkitchen.com/

Instagram @tuccraftkitchen

 

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Douce Diner

Buttermilk Chicken & Waffles

Price: $19.50 (minus $2.50 without the egg)

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: organic chicken breast marinated in buttermilk & in house hot sauce lightly breaded in panko and spices with fluffy made to order waffle served with sausage pan gravy

Offered: 8am – 3pm daily

Douce Diner

1490 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-2510

Web: http://doucediner.com/

Instagram @doucediner

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

TUC Craft Kitchen

Crispy Chicken & Waffles

Price: $17 at brunch and $21 at dinner.

Created by: the team

Description: Two pieces of crispy fried free-run chicken breasts piled onto our soft savoury waffles and accompanied by our homemade chili ginger sauce plus a side of classic maple syrup.

Offered: Fridays – Sundays for brunch and Sundays – Thursdays for dinner.

TUC Craft Kitchen

60 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8999

Web: https://www.tuccraftkitchen.com/

Instagram @tuccraftkitchen

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

C Market Coffee

Ramen Crusted Fried Chicken and Waffles

Price: $16

Created by: The team

Description: The dish is a juicy marinated boneless chicken thigh, dipped in buttermilk then crusted with Ramen noodles. Served with our classic waffles, potato hash and the option of three dipping sauces. It comes with a spicy tartar sauce, a honey mustard and a cinnamon infused maple syrup.

Offered: Monday to Sunday 9am to 2pm.

C Market Coffee

111 – 100 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam

Tel:(604) 474-2026

Web: https://cmarket.ca/word/

Instagram @cmarket_coffee

 

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

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

By: Richard Wolak