The Judges

They toil all year, eat­ing at more spots than the av­er­age diner vis­its in a life­time: here’s the all-star panel of gour­mands that make up our es­teemed judg­ing panel.

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Christina Bur­ridge is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the BC Seafood Al­liance. Sid Cross con­tin­ues his life­long pas­sion for and pur­suit of high-qual­ity food and wine, and spends his time vol­un­teer­ing to help oth­ers. Joie Al­varo Kent is a free­lance writer whose work has ap­peared in Best

Places Van­cou­ver, Van­cou­ver magazine, Mon­te­cristo and Nuvo. Gail John­son is an award-win­ning print, web and broad­cast jour­nal­ist and a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to CBC Ra­dio, the Ge­or­gia Straight, the Globe and Mail, Ya­hoo Canada and other out­lets. Anya Levykh is a food, drink and travel writer who cov­ers all things in­gestible. She also ed­its—and vo­ra­ciously col­lects—cook­books. Lee Man is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Van­cou­ver magazine and is a found­ing judge for the Chi­nese Restau­rant Awards.

Bren­don Mathews is a free­lance food writer with ex­per­tise in Chi­nese cui­sine and ajudge of the Chi­nese Restau­rant Awards. Heather Oden­daal is a Whistler-based wine sales and mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional who has been an ac­tive part of the lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try for over 14 years. Mi­june Pak is the founder of Fol­low Me, a FoodNet­work Canada per­son­al­ity and res­i­dent judge on Top Chef Canada. Tim Pawsey eats, drinks, writes and shoots at Hired­; for

Where, Quench, Taste an­dothers; and on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter @hired­belly. Treve Ring is a wine writer, judge, trav­eller and geek; when not tast­ing at the Treve­house, she can be found on a plane or in a vine­yard. Jen­nifer Schell is the au­thor of cook­book se­ries The Butcher, The Baker,

The Wine and Cheese Maker, aformer ed­i­tor of Food and Wine Trails magazine, co-founder of Garag­iste North Wine Fes­ti­vals and co-pro­pri­etor of Schell Wines. Mia

Stainsby is the Post­media Net­work restau­rant critic for the Van­cou­ver Sun and Van­cou­ver Prov­ince. Iris Yim is an ex­pe­ri­enced ed­i­tor who has worked in both Hong Kong and Van­cou­ver. She writes travel and gourmet ar­ti­cles for dif­fer­ent Chi­nese mag­a­zines and blogs in Van­cou­ver, in­clud­ing EliteGen, Au­toNerve, West Canada Weekly and on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.


Mar­i­anne Amodio is a reg­is­tered, LEED-ac­cred­ited ar­chi­tect and is prin­ci­pal of Mar­i­anne Amodio Ar­chi­tec­ture Stu­dio. She holds a mas­ters de­gree of ar­chi­tec­ture (hon­ours) from the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba. Denise Ash­more, founder of Project 22 De­sign, worked on a wide range of re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity projects in Toronto and Aus­tralia. She set­tled in Van­cou­ver over 14 years ago to fo­cus closely on res­i­den­tial and hos­pi­tal­ity de­sign. Martin Tessler is an award-win­ning ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­pher whose work has been pub­lished in West­ern Liv­ing, Azure and the NewYork Times.

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