French Toast Challenge Winners

The Vancouver Foodster French Toast Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants and cafes around Metro Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from June 5-28, 2020. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge for their People’s Choice favourites.

The Winners are:

1st Place (tie):

{108 points}

1931 Gallery Bistro

Whiskey Bacon Pull Apart French Toast

Price: $18

Created by: Chef Gleb Podshibyakin

Description: The team of 1931 Gallery Bistro worked hard to create a French Toast recipe that is both sustainable and delicious. Pull Apart French Toast boasts flavours of home-made brioche, maple syrup, smoked bacon, fresh berries, orange zest, crème anglaise and whiskey. A beautifully plated delectable combination of sweet and savoury, this French toast is a feast for all senses.

Offered: Daily 11am-4pm for both dine in and take out.

1931 Gallery Bistro

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 662-4831

Web: https://www.1931gallerybistro.com/

Instagram @1931gallerybistro

1st Place (tie):

{108 points}

Food by Fanta

Menagerie French Toast Brulée

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Parinya and Chef Sadapphin

Description: Thai pandan leaf custard and bacon bread, peach cream stuffed French toast with banana brulée, topped with coconut caramel sauce and syrup.

Offered: Brunch and lunch. NOTE: Dine in, Take out available, 1 day preorder and book ahead for dine in.

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

Tel: 604.427.0166 

Web:https://foodbyfanta.com/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

2nd Place:

{99 points}

Solly’s Bagelry

French Toast Sundae Supreme

Price: $7.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description: Treat yourself to a Delicious  ‘Breakfast on the go’, that tastes like ‘ A Warm Summer’s Day on the Beach’. Made with Solly’s Delicious Honey Sweetened Challah French Toast, Fried Crispy in Pure Butter, Served with Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Banana, a Drizzle of Chocolate Sauce and (of course!) a Cherry on top. Surprisingly not too Sweet. Served in a Solly’s ‘To Go Cup’.

Offered: Daily, all day

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 675-9750

Web: http://sollysbagelry.com/

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram @sollysbagelry

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

1931 Gallery Bistro

Whiskey Bacon Pull Apart French Toast

Price: $18

Created by: Chef Gleb Podshibyakin

Description: The team of 1931 Gallery Bistro worked hard to create a French Toast recipe that is both sustainable and delicious. Pull Apart French Toast boasts flavours of home-made brioche, maple syrup, smoked bacon, fresh berries, orange zest, crème anglaise and whiskey. A beautifully plated delectable combination of sweet and savoury, this French toast is a feast for all senses.

Offered: Daily 11am-4pm for both dine in and take out.

1931 Gallery Bistro

750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 662-4831

Web: https://www.1931gallerybistro.com/

Instagram @1931gallerybistro

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Food by Fanta

Menagerie French Toast Brulée

Price: $14

Created by: Chef Parinya and Chef Sadapphin

Description: Thai pandan leaf custard and bacon bread, peach cream stuffed French toast with banana brulée, topped with coconut caramel sauce and syrup.

Offered: Brunch and lunch. NOTE: Dine in, Take out available, 1 day preorder and book ahead for dine in.

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

Tel: 604.427.0166 

Web:https://foodbyfanta.com/

Instagram @foodbyfanta

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Solly’s Bagelry

French Toast Sundae Supreme

Price: $7.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description: Treat yourself to a Delicious  ‘Breakfast on the go’, that tastes like ‘ A Warm Summer’s Day on the Beach’. Made with Solly’s Delicious Honey Sweetened Challah French Toast, Fried Crispy in Pure Butter, Served with Whipped Cream, Strawberries, Banana, a Drizzle of Chocolate Sauce and (of course!) a Cherry on top. Surprisingly not too Sweet. Served in a Solly’s ‘To Go Cup’.

Offered: Daily, all day

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 675-9750

Web: http://sollysbagelry.com/

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram @sollysbagelry

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: Louisa Chan, Shelley Hayashi and Tiffany Loo

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

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

By: Richard Wolak