Win­ning Food

Every­one wants to know where to eat. So here we have it.

Vancouver Magazine - - News - Anicka Quin EDI­TO­RIAL DI­REC­TOR ANICKA.QUIN@VANMAG.COM

blue­bird day at Whistler this win­ter, I con rmed along-held the­ory that peo­ple are more likely to be chatty on the chair­lift when the weather is ne—and even more so when they nd out I’m a lo­cal and can give them a lit­tle in­sight into Van­cou­ver. In­evitably, on each ride up, the con­ver­sa­tion turns to where they should eat in the city be­fore they ƒy out. (Other mem­o­rable con­ver­sa­tions have in­cluded, but are not lim­ited to: why they re­made Foot­loose, how my friend’s pale Ir­ish skin was due to a run of al­binism in that cul­ture, and how I was de nitely ater­ri­ble skier—the lat­ter said to me by a ve-year-old who had never ac­tu­ally seen me ski but re­ally knew a good trash talk.)

But the where-to-eat con­ver­sa­tion al­ways gives me pause, be­cause how can Ipos­si­bly give proper jus­tice to our in­cred­i­ble restau­rant scene in the few min­utes we have on the Ex­cal­ibur chair? It’s amo­men­tous task our 14 Restau­rant Awards judges have spent the last year tack­ling, in­vest­ing hun­dreds of hours of din­ing in the city, only to in­vest hun­dreds more de­bat­ing over Slack chan­nels to de­ter­mine who will make the long list in each of our 39 cat­e­gories.

Then, long list in hand and cat­e­gories as­signed, they’re back to it again, re­vis­it­ing, re­think­ing and nally sub­mit­ting their votes to our char­tered ac­coun­tants, Crowe MacKay. And then we await the nal tal­lies—save for Restau­rant of the Year, Best New Restau­rant and Chef of the Year. To win those, you need to have won aGold in an­other cat­e­gory—Best French, Best West Coast, Best Pizza, et cetera—so the judges get back to­gether again for more heated dis­cus­sions (that, thank­fully, lack the trash-talk­ing of a cer­tain ve-year-old I’ve met). And, at last, the crowns are be­stowed to all the nal win­ners—and you can turn to page 28 to dis­cover who those win­ners are for this, the 29th An­nual Van­cou­ver Magazine Restau­rant Awards.

What you see in these pages is the re­sult of the work of those judges and of our food ed­i­tor, Neal McLen­nan, who trans­lates their votes and com­ments into our mosttalked-about is­sue of the year. From the mo­ment the short list is pub­lished on­line to the day the win­ners are an­nounced at our awards cer­e­mony (this year tak­ing place on April 16) and in the pages of this magazine, it’s a topic of de­bate as per­sonal as your favourite place to dine out. Did your own win­ners make the list? Head to our Face­book page to join the con­ver­sa­tion.

Mean­while, for the record, on that re­cent ne day in Whistler I did shout “Bao Bei!” to one Texan just as we parted ways at the top of the lift. Hap­pily, our judges this year agreed with my sug­ges­tion—it takes home Gold in the Best Chi­na­town cat­e­gory.

Fol­low me on In­sta­gram!

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