Mac & Cheese Challenge Winners

The  Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge was a huge success featuring 10 mac & cheese creations from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their mac & cheese from March 20-April 10, 2014. This was the first time that we added a media judging panel to determine 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: Cassandra Anderton, Sean Neild, Thor Diakow and Sherman Chan.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Tony’s Northern Italian Macaroni & Cheese

Tony's Northern Italian Macaroni & Cheese

Kessel & March

Saffron & Truffle Macaroni & Parmesan Cheese

Created by: Chef Tony Marzo

109-1701 Powell Street Vancouver

Tel: (604) 874-1196


Twitter: @KesselandMarch

Chef: Tony Marzo

Chef: Tony Marzo


2nd Place: S-Mac Cheese

S-Mac Cheese

Seventeen 89 Restaurant

Description:Classic Carbonara Meets Spicy Chorizo Mac Cheese

Created by:Chef Daryle Nagata

Seventeen 89 Restaurant

1789 Comox Street, Vancouver



Twitter: @1789Restaurant


Chef Daryle Nagata

Chef Daryle Nagata

3rd Place: Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Hoisin Duck Confit Mac & Cheese

Gramercy Grill

White cheddar Macaroni & Cheese with a topping of five spice, star anise, hoisin duck confit with green onion

Created by: Chef Dennis Huang

Available: Nightly after 5pm

Gramercy Grill

2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-730-5666


Twitter: @gramercygrill


In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Mac & Cheese dishes were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:



I HARDT Mac & Cheese

I HARDT Mac & Cheese


3002 Granville Street

Tel: 604-732-4405



2nd Place People’s Choice:


Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni

Smoked Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni

Graze Vegetarian Restaurant

980 Fraser St., Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8822


Twitter: @grazevegetarian


3rd Place People’s Choice:


Stewie’s Cheesey Adventure

Stewie's Cheesey Adventure

Burgundy Restaurant

47 West Hastings Street

Tel: (604) 428-4100


Twitter: @BurgundyVan

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their mac & cheese on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their mac & cheese! See all the 10 Mac & Cheese entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

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