Restaurant Awards 2010: Judging and Methodology


Joie Alvaro Kent is a freelance food writer whose work regularly appears in Vancouver magazine, the Eating & Drinking Guide, and Montecristo magazine. She has written for EAT magazine and Best Places Vancouver and will be serving as a judge for the 2011 Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Murray Bancroft is a regular contributor to Western Living magazine and also works as a research chef and food stylist.

Christina Burridge is the drink editor for Vancouver magazine and executive director of the B.C. Seafood Alliance.

Sid Cross, the cofounder of The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, keeps a busy schedule speaking, writing, and judging many food and wine events.

Bill Jones is a chef, an author of nine cookbooks, and a food consultant based in the Cowichan Valley.

DJ Kearney is a sommelier instructor for the International Sommelier Guild and a chef and a wine writer for Wine Access magazine.

Qubic Lam is a freelance writer and a wine columnist for Sing Tao Daily and Evergreen News. He is also a consulting editor and columnist for Wine Trend magazine in China.

Deana Lancaster is the food and wine editor for the North Shore News and Look magazine, and a contributor to Sunset magazine.

Lee Man is a freelance food writer; his work has appeared in Vancouver magazine, EAT magazine, the Vancouver edition of Time Out, and Best Places Vancouver. He’s also a judge the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Brendon Mathews is a freelance food writer with expertise in Chinese cuisine.

Barbara-jo McIntosh is an author, a former restaurateur, and the owner of the bookstore Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.

Jason McRobbie promotes regional roots and global flavours as a freelance writer and videographer.

Andrew Morrison is the editor of the food-forward Scout website, food columnist for the Westender newspaper, and a frequent contributor to Vancouver magazine.

Tim Pawsey writes on food and wine for the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, and Where Vancouver, and co-edits Zagat’s Best of Vancouver.

Charlene Rooke is the former editor of Western Living magazine and the current editor of luxury travel magazines for Mercedes-Benz Canada, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and Bombardier Business Aircraft.

David Scholefield is the chief judge for Vancouver magazine’s International Wine Competition.

Shelora Sheldan is the Victoria city editor and writer for Western Living magazine, and a contributing editor to Northwest Palate; her work also appears in the Eating & Drinking Guide, Best Places Vancouver, and various in-flight magazines.

Mia Stainsby is the indefatigable restaurant critic and food writer for the Vancouver Sun.

Stephen Wong is a food and wine writer and consultant, author of four cookbooks, host of food events at Granville Island, and founding chair of the Chinese Restaurant Awards.


Judges were divided into specialized teams. Anyone with a perceived conflict of interest in a particular category was excluded from judging in that category. We thank them all for their time and extraordinary dedication.

Partial Proceeds from the 21st annual Restaurant Awards, held on May 18 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, were donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier (Vancouver Chapter) for their Scholarship Awards to support the advancement of women in hospitality and culinary fields. Scholarships are offered to women of all ages who are keen to begin basic training in these areas and to women already skilled in these fields who seek to refine their expertise.

Accounting services for tabulating the results provided by:

Jill MacKenzie, CA, CFA
Associate Partner,
Private Company Services,
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Thanks  to our Special Award Panelists

Design of the Year Bruce Haden, Gregory Henriquez, Charlene Rooke
Green Award Herb Barbolet, John Bishop, André LaRivière
Bartender of the Year Mark Brand, Nick Devine, Neal McLennan, Josh Pape, David Wolowidnyk
Producer/Supplier of the Year and Ingredient of the Year The Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia
Best Resort Dining Chris Johns, Neal McLennan, Joanne Sasvari, Amy Rosen