Vancouver Foodster’s 2nd Annual Barista, Waiter, Cocktail-Maker Award Winners



We knew you loved your coffee and the cafes you visit. We knew you loved cocktails and the restaurants/bars you patronize. We also knew you loved excellent service in the restaurants around the city. What we didn’t know, how passionately you would get behind nominating these tireless people in the food and drink service industry who work so hard in and around Vancouver.

We received a couple thousand nominations for people all over Vancouver since our Barista, Waiter, Cocktail Maker competition launched last month. There can only be one winner in each category. Who did you choose as the numero uno? Who makes the best coffee, cocktails, and excels in service in our city’s restaurants?


BEST BARISTA:   Jessie Chou at Good Day Sunshine Cafe–  2950 King George Blvd #100, Surrey

BEST WAITER:   David Lew at Yew Restaurant – 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

BEST COCKTAIL MAKER:   Kelly Ann Woods at La Mezcaleria – 1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

I have also listed all of the people that were nominated in each of the categories as these people should all be recognized for the work that they do, day in and day out.


Carole Mathys – Platform 7 Coffee, Vancouver

Eliot Scott – Platform 7 Coffee, Vancouver

Aaron Kafka – Kafka’s Coffee & Tea, Vancouver

Blandin Luzuka – Wired Monk Cafe Fleetwood, Surrey

Evan Schutte – Catch 122, Vancouver

Mariane Chow — Fuel at Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond

Robert Lowe – Stir Coffee House, Ladner



Maude Renaud-Brisson – Salt Tasting Room, Vancouver

Evelyn Valilee – Corduroy Restaurant, Vancouver

Tina Rothe – Fable Kitchen, Vancouver

Kristy Gaetz – Fable Kitchen, Vancouver

Nick Earnes – Fable Kitchen, Vancouver

Colette Nichol – Fable Kitchen, Vancouver

Shawn Divers – Bull Chophouse, Gibsons

Salerie Lincoln – The Cascade Room, Vancouver

Stephen Biddiscombe – Blue Eyed Marys, West Vancouver

Francesco Garza – Blue Eyed Marys, West Vancouver

Kelsey Wickett  – Joe Fortes Seafood House & Oyster Bar, Vancouver

Steven Trudel – Pronto Caffe, Vancouver

Ryan Holmberg – Hawksworth Restaurant, Vancouver

Samuel La Croix, Blue Water Cafe, Vancouver

John Ferrie, The Teahouse, Vancouver

Dylan Shui, YEW Restaurant, Vancouver


Cocktail Makers

Ryan Johnson – Tuc Restaurant, Vancouver

Carmen Adams – Fable Kitchen, Vancouver

Danielle Tartarin – The Keefer Bar, Vancouver

Galen Linnett – The Charlottan, Vancouver

Taylor Barnfeild – The Charlottan, Vancouver

Stephen Biddiscombe – Blue Eyed Mary’s

Joe  – 1927 Lounge in Rosewood Hotel, Vancouver

Chiara Fung – Grain Tasting Bar, Vancouver

Jonathan Latham -Blackbird Public House, Vancouver

Robyn Gray – Pidgin, Vancouver

Shea Hogan – Shameful Tiki Room, Vancouver

Aimee Como – The Stable House Bistro, Vancouver

Robert Holl-Allen – Notturno, Vancouver

Sabrine Dedden – West Restaurant, Vancouver

Navin Toor – The Keefer Bar, Vancouver

Paul Clark – Chicha Restaurant, Vancouver

Fiona  Grieve – Buckstop, Vancouver

Martin Coriveau – La Pentola, Vancouver

John Mclellan – La Mezcaleria, Vancouver

Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate the best of the best and congratulations to all who were nominated. Watch for interviews with each of the winners coming up soon.

By: Richard Wolak

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