Croissant Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Croissant Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at bakeries anc cafes around Metro Vancouver.  Each bakery featured their creation on their menu from June 4-28, 2020. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

{115 points}

Daily Delicious

Seafood Shell

Prices: $5.99 each (6 pack price will be $32.32 and 12 pack price will be $61.00)

Created by: the team

Description: Who doesn’t like seafood!? :-).  BC is abundant in seafood.  So we knew immediately we wanted to use seafood in the croissant.  In addition, the croissant has to have spicy flavor.  Therefore we came up with the idea of having assorted seafood including snow crab meat, shrimp and salmon etc. in the house made spicy sauce and sitting on the house made mashed potato (to mimic the sands) and in the round shape to represent the shell from the sea.

Offered: on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Daily Delicious

110 – 2811 Number 3 Road, Richmond

Phone: (236) 858-5545

Instagram @dailydeliciousbakery

2nd Place:

{107 points}

Mon Paris Patisserie

Rubylicious

Price: $5.99

Created by: Elena Krasnova

Description: Freshly baked croissant garnished with mascarpone dipped ganache as fresh local strawberry gel. Dipped in Ruby chocolate.

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm (closed Monday’s) –NOTE: For orders of 6 or more please call to pre-order one day in advance,

Mon Paris Patisserie

4396 Beresford Street, Burnaby

Phone: (604) 564-5665

Web: https://www.monparis.ca/

Instagram @monparis.ca

3rd Place (tie):

{94 points}

Italia Bakery

The Siciliano

Price: $5.99

Created by: Sam Pero

Description: Our handcrafted all butter croissant filled with our very own pistachio frangipane. Our freshly roasted pistachio our from the Bronte region in Sicily. We spread our frangipane on both halves of the croissant with fresh raspberries between. Top with more frangipane, whole pistachios and double baked to a perfect blend of bitter…sweet…..crunch!! Drizzled in 70% pictachio cream and dusted with icing sugar !

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

3rd Place (tie):

{94 points}

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Buckwheat Pain au Chocolat

Price: $​6.25

Created by: Small Victory pastry team

Description: Freshly milled buckwheat croissants rolled with Valrhona dark chocolate bannetons.

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-899-8892​

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

Instagram: @sv_bakery

And

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

3077 Granville Street

Phone: (604) 742-1737

Twitter: @sv_bakery

Instagram @sv_bakery

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Buckwheat Pain au Chocolat

Price: $​6.25

Created by: Small Victory pastry team

Description: Freshly milled buckwheat croissants rolled with Valrhona dark chocolate bannetons.

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-899-8892​

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

Instagram: @sv_bakery

And

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

3077 Granville Street

Phone: (604) 742-1737

Twitter: @sv_bakery

Instagram @sv_bakery

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Mon Paris Patisserie

Rubylicious

Price: $5.99

Created by: Elena Krasnova

Description: Freshly baked croissant garnished with mascarpone dipped ganache as fresh local strawberry gel. Dipped in Ruby chocolate.

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm (closed Monday’s) –NOTE: For orders of 6 or more please call to pre-order one day in advance,

Mon Paris Patisserie

4396 Beresford Street, Burnaby

Phone: (604) 564-5665

Web: https://www.monparis.ca/

Instagram @monparis.ca

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Italia Bakery

The Siciliano

Price: $5.99

Created by: Sam Pero

Description: Our handcrafted all butter croissant filled with our very own pistachio frangipane. Our freshly roasted pistachio our from the Bronte region in Sicily. We spread our frangipane on both halves of the croissant with fresh raspberries between. Top with more frangipane, whole pistachios and double baked to a perfect blend of bitter…sweet…..crunch!! Drizzled in 70% pictachio cream and dusted with icing sugar !

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

Instagram @italiabakery

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: Deanna Woo, David Grange and Sophia Hu

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

I encourage you to visit the winning places to try their Croissants creations! See the entries here.

By: Richard Wolak