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We celebrated our 30th annual Restaurant Awards at the Shearton Wall Centre...and photographer Allison Kuhl captured the magic.
Another year, another class of award-winning restaurants, another big party. For our 30th annual celebration of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, sommeliers and dining destinations, we hit up the Sheraton Wall Centre with photographer Allison Kuhl in tow for a reception packed with wine and great bites, followed by an awards ceremony full of surprises. Then, it was off to The Victor for an after-party to toast Vancouver’s dining scene.
We’re already counting down to next year, but in the meantime, check out our snapshots of the big day below, and find out who took gold in each category here. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, and thank you to our sponsors for a night to remember.
Chefs Rob Feenie and Angus An stepped in to judge the knife skills competition, hosted by Gail Johnson.
Lien Yeung and Anita Bath from CBC Vancouver were MCs for the night.
Food editor Neal McLennan gave opening remarks.
Gold for best Eastside restaurant went to Burdock and Co.
Best Chinatown winners: the team at Bao Bei.
Chef Tony takes home a gold.
Best French for St. Lawrence.
Best Italian goes to Savio Volpe.
Best Steakhouse is Hy’s.
The team at Kissa Tanto with their gold.
It’s the Best Japanese award for Stem Japanese Eatery.
Chef Leung Yiu Tong takes home the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s Premier Crew award winners.
Producers of the Year: Glorious Organics.
Best New Design goes to “undesigned” Pepino’s Spaghetti House.
The Acorn takes gold for Best Vegetarian.
Grapes and Soda wins Best Bar for the second year in a row.
Cactus Club takes the Best Chain award.
Stem Japanese Eatery is our Best New Restaurant for 2019.
The team at Boulevard celebrates a win for Best Upscale.
The duo behind Downlow Chicken Shack, this year’s Best Casual winner.
Sommelier of the Year: Shane Taylor.
As is tradition, last year’s bartender of the year makes a drink for the new bartender of the year. Congrats to Amber Bruce!
JC Poirer wins Chef of the Year, and his restaurant St. Lawrence takes home the Restaurant of the Year award as well.