Cheesecake Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, and Richmond.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from April 14 – May 8, 2016. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

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: Karl Kliparchuk and Sheri Radford

The Winners are:

1st Place:

American Grille

American Grille

Xango Cheese Cake

Price: $10

Description: with Crisp tortilla, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

Created by: Chef Danilo Ibara

Offered: All the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

 

2nd Place:

Italia Bakery

Italia Bakery

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake 2-way

Price: $2.99

Description: The bottom cheesecake is a chocolate baked cheesecake with a whipped no bake cheesecake top, garnished with roasted pecans, caramel and ganache.

Created by: Chef Sam Pero

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

 

3rd Place:

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

The Sunset

Description: a classic cheesecake – rich and creamy. It is finished with raspberry jelly and a Valrhona chocolate ring.

Price: $6.50

Created by: Pastry Chef Emiddio Isernia

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

 

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Baguette and Co.

Baguette and Co.

French Style Cheesecake

Description: Our cheesecake is an unbaked cheesecake, made of a french white chocolate, and lemon mousse (made with creamcheese), crushed raspberries and a crust made out of a french sablé flavoured with cinnamon and lemon. G/F

Price: $5.95

Created by: Chef Agathe Verpillat

Offered: All day, everyday

Baguette and Co.

3273 W Broadway, Vancouver

and

2509 Main Street, Vancouver

and

1102 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.baguetteandco.ca/

Twitter: @baguetteandcobc

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

The Sunset

Description: a classic cheesecake – rich and creamy. It is finished with raspberry jelly and a Valrhona chocolate ring.

Price: $6.50

Created by: Pastry Chef Emiddio Isernia

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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Truffles Fine Foods

Truffles Fine Foods

Jarred Cheescake

Price: $5

Created by: Chef Dave Bell

Description:  Jarred Cheescake, topped with berry compote

Offered: 9:30am-6pm, VanDusen Garden Kitchen

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

And

Truffle Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street, Vancouver

And

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

 

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Cheesecake creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Cheesecake creations! See all the Cheesecake Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak