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Judges – Canadian National Competition 2017

As part of our commitment to transparency, we publish the names of the judges for each competition. (If judges opt-in for their names to be made public.)

Each competition is judged by a panel of experts, food journalists, sommeliers and pastry chefs, including the names listed below. The competition is overseen by members of our international Grand Jury, who travel to each competition.

We would like to thank our judges for their hard work, including any who chose for their names not to be listed. You can find the full list of winners for this competition in our ‘Rounds & results’ section.


Mary Anne Alton (Canada), Lemm Communications Inc.

Hassel Aviles (Canada), Self employed – Consultant and Culinary Curator

Jocelyn Bouzenard (Canada), George Brown College

Jocie Bussin (Canada), Restaurant with chef training

Martin Christy (United Kingdom), Seventy%, Permanent Grand Jury

Erika David (Canada), freelance writer

Jeanette Diehlk (Canada), Tv producer

Carlos Flores (Canada), No.7 Hot Sauce Inc.

Sandra Flores (Canada), No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce Inc.

Sarah Fortunato (Belgium), George Brown College – Pastry Arts and Chocolate Instructor, Cocoa Fortunato

George Gensler (United States), Manhattan Chocolate Society, Permanent Grand Jury

Paola Giavedoni (Canada), Owner- The Candy Bar – Toronto, thecandybar.ca

Natalie Gomes (Canada), Blog – cooking quidnunc, Cooking Quidnunc

Gail Gordon Oliver (Canada), Food writer and editor, recipe developer (worked in Canadian Living magazine test kitchen), and former owner, publisher and editor of Edible Toronto magazine. 1999 graduate of George Brown’s Culinary Management program.

Waleed Hafeez (Canada), Microsoft Canada

David Haman (Canada), George Brown Culinary College / Pastry Professor

Steven Hellmann (Canada), Foodies on Foot, Foodies on Foot

Sally Hildebrandt (Canada), Centennial College Professor of Baking & Pastry Arts Management

Michelle Jaelin (Canada), Media Dietitian-Nutritionist, NutritionArtist – Creative Nutrition Communications by Michelle Jaelin

Lonny Knapp (Canada), Sobeys

Alysha Kropf (Canada), Ecole Chocolat, Ecole Chocolat

Jennifer Lakhan-D’Souza (Canada), George Brown College

Heather Lang (Canada), The Tasty Gardener

Shirley Lum (Canada), S Chocolate Magic

Carol Mark (Canada), Tea sommelier the love of tea

Linda Matarasso (Canada), Starving Foodie /Writer, Starving Foodie

Cindy McGlynn (Canada), Vitalize Magazine, Vitalize Magazine

Christophe Measson (Canada), George Brown College

Sandra Meret (Canada), Transcontinental/Video Producer Sobeys

Jennifer Merrick (Canada), Travel Writer

Mardi Michels (Canada), Food writer/ author, eat. live. travel. write.

Lianne Phillipson (Canada), Registered Nutritionist, founder of Sprout Right

Iris Roteliuk (Canada), GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE

Ken Samuel (Canada), Caterer

Charlene Theodore (Canada), Chew Street, Chew Street

Christine Tizzard (Canada), Chef, food writer, food stylist

Shenin Yazdanian (Canada), Centennial College