Meet the Restaurant Awards Judges 2013

Joie Alvaro Kent is a columnist for Montecristo magazine, writes for Vancouver magazine, the Eating & Drinking Guide, and Best Places Vancouver, and judges the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Murray Bancroft is culinary director for Western Living magazine and consults with a roster of international clients as a research chef and food stylist.

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

Sid Cross is honorary president of the International Wine & Food Society and acts as a judge of the Gold Medal Plates, the Canadian Culinary Championships, and this mag’s International Wine Awards.

Bill Jones is a chef, an author, and a food consultant based on Deerholme Farm in the Cowichan Valley and has just published his 10th book, The Deerholme Mushroom Book.

DJ Kearney is a sommelier instructor for the International Sommelier Guild, a chef, and a wine writer. She is the head judge of this magazine’s International Wine Awards competition.

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

Deana Lancaster is a freelance food writer and weekly restaurant columnist for the North Shore News.

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 founding judge of the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Brendon Mathews is a freelance food writer with expertise in Chinese cuisine and is a judge of the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Robert McCullough is the Vancouver-based publisher of Random House Canada’s Appetite division.

Neal McLennan is the food and travel editor of Western Living and a contributor to Cooking Light, enRoute, and Seattle magazines.

Andrew Morrison is the editor-in-chief of Scout Magazine, a contributor on food to several publications, and B.C.’s senior judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Tim Pawsey covers food and wine for the Vancouver Courier, the North Shore News, and Where Vancouver; co-edits Zagat’s Vancouver survey; and blogs at

David Scholefield is a global wine expert and consultant. He is also vice-president of strategy for Liquid Art Fine Wines.

Shelora Sheldan is the Victoria city editor for Western Living magazine and contributes to Northwest Palate, Best Places Vancouver, and Eat. She blogs at

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

Stephen Wong is a food and wine writer and consultant, cookbook author, and founding chair and judge of the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Xia-er Yao is a founding judge of the Chinese Restaurant Awards and writes under the pen name Foodie Yao for and

Accounting services for tabulating the results provided by:

Craig Elliott
(CGA, MBA), Incorporated Principal at MacKay LLP Chartered Accountants.

Thanks to our Design of the Year panellists:

Michael Harris, editor, Western Living Condo
Anicka Quin, editor-in-chief, Western Living
Paul Roelofs, art director, Western Living and Vancouver

And to Chefs’ Table Society of B.C. for adjudicating the Best Producer/Supplier and Ingredient of the Year awards