Category: Competitions

Chocolate Challenge 2017

On April 27, I attended the Annual Chocolate Challenge fundraiser at Gourmet Warehouse; where many of top chocolatiers in the city were showcasing their chocolate creations for all to try and vote. First place winner was Thomas Haas of Thomas…

18th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition

On March 22nd I attended the 18th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition held at the Hyatt Regency. I was fortunate to be one of the invited media judges for the second year in a row to judge the table presentation of…

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2016

The 9th Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 16th. This event saw a packed house of 700 people sampling many or all of the fourteen…

17th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition

On March 16th I attended the 17th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition held at the Hyatt Regency. I was fortunate to be one of the invited media judges to judge the table presentation of each of the participating restaurants. Guests mingled…

The Curry Cup

On March 7, I attended this 3rd annual fundraiser event presented by The Chefs’ Table Society of BC. Foodies tasted unique and different curries from 8 participating restaurants as they competed for top judging prize as well as the people’s…

Seraph Spirits Launch and Mixologist Competition

Last week we attended a launch party at Guilt & Co in Gastown where 4 mixologists competed for top spot mixing the Seraph Gin or Vodka into their own cocktail. Winning mixologist is Mike Shum from Fairmont Pacific Rim. His…

Skills & Spills Industry Games

On Sunday October 20th I was one of the judges for the inaugural  Skills and Spills, the BC Hospitality Foundation‘s first-ever industry games, at the Hellenic Cultural Centre (4500 Arbutus Street) in Vancouver. Skills and Spills is the industry’s chance to…

Chocolate Challenge 2013

On October 10, I attended the Chocolate Challenge 2013 Finale where the Top 6 entries recipes were prepared by Peter Fong and his team at Ganache Patisserie. Many entrants were narrowed down to 6 finalists and none were professional chefs….

2012 Gold Medal Plates British Columbia

On November 16th, I attended the 2012 Gold Medal Plates British Columbia at the Westin Bayshore where 10 Chefs from around British Columbia competed in a Culinary Competition for Gold, Silver and Bronze in one of the most prestigious culinary…

Chocolate Challenge 2012

Last night I attended the Chocolate Challenge 2012 Finale where the Top 6 entries recipes were prepared by Peter Fong and his team at Ganache Patisserie. There were 80 entrants narrowed down to 6 finalists and none were professional chefs….

2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards

A packed house filled the award ceremony at the River Rock Hotel yesterday in Richmond. At the reception we dined on some of the winners dishes, a Gluttonous Rice dish as well as Durian Puffs. The panel of 12 professional…

2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

The 4th Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 23rd. This event saw a packed house sampling many or all of the twelve chowders from BC’s…

2011 Gold Medal Plates: Vancouver

On November 4th, I attended the Gold Medal Plates Awards at the Westin Bayshore where 11 Chefs from around British Columbia competed in a Culinary Competition for Gold, Silver and Bronze in one of the most prestigious culinary events in…

That Barista Thing

I was one of the judges along with Anya Levykh, Mark Villela and Wayne Wright at That Barista Thing yesterday for the International Latte Art Competition. There were 16 competitors and each were highly skilled baristas who were passionate and…

Appleton Rum Cocktail Competition

On Sunday May 29th the Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Bar played host to the Appleton Rum Mixologist Competition that saw 17 of Vancouver’s finest bartenders compete in a black box style competition. After 3+ hours of intense competition, Trevor Kallies…

Food Fight! The Battle for Brunch 2011

On April 10th, for the 2nd year in a row, I attended Food Fight! The Battle for Brunch that benefited Variety – The Children’s charity.  The event brought together some of BC’s finest chefs in a battle for best brunch….

Vanmag Awards

Attending the 22nd Annual VanMag restaurant awards yesterday was lots of fun, this was my 6th time attending these awards and as usual there were surprises, cheering and some award winner no shows. This is my favourite event of the…

12th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition

On March 16th I attended the 12th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition held at the Hyatt Regency. This was the second time that I had attended this event. Guests mingled about enjoying appetizers and drinks while bidding on silent auction items…

Tourism Vancouver: The Inside Taste

On January 20th I attended The Inside Taste – A Sustainable Plate & Pairing Challenge along with Marissa Winters who was my co-reporter of the evening, she won our contest and came up from Seattle to join me at this…

2011 HSBC Chinese Restaurant Awards

This years awards presentation was stepped up from last year and I was happy to see the River Rock Hotel host such a nice award ceremony. At the reception we dined on some of the winners dishes, I especially enjoyed…

2010 Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown

The 3rd Annual Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown was a huge success at a great event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium on November 24th. This event saw hundreds of people sampling many or all of the twelve chowders from BC’s…

2010 Gold Medal Plates: Vancouver

On October 28th, I attended the Gold Medal Plates Awards at the Sheraton Wall Centre where the top 10 Chefs from around British Columbia competed in a Culinary Competition for Gold, Silver and Bronze in one of the most prestigious…

Krups Kup of Excellence Vancouver

Bump N Grind Wins #1 in Krups Kup of Excellence I was part of a media tour on September 21 that was graciously hosted by Krups in Vancouver. We were all toured around the city by a long white stretch…

Iron Chef Competition at MOV

On September 23, the Museum of Vancouver held an Iron Chef Competition as part of their ongoing exhibit Food and Sustainability. This competition saw two local chefs, Todd Bright from Wild Rice and Jennifer Peters from Raincity Grill facing off…

Noam Dehan Wins Etching Latte Competition

That Barista Thing, a Barista Championship was held in Vancouver at Library Square on Saturday September 4th. One of our contributing photographers who happens to also work as a Barista at Blenz Coffee in Pacific Centre, won 1st prize in…

Aha Toro Cocktail Competition

The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel’s Skybar was the host of the first annual Tequila Aha Toro Cocktail Competition on Tuesday, September 14.  Dani Tatarin of The Keefer Bar won the competition her prize is an all-expense trip to Mexico where…

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