Judges – Canadian National Competition 2013

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.

Jefferson Alvarez (Canada), Executive Chef, Secret Location

Joie Alvaro Kent (Canada), Food Writer and Restaurant Awards Judge, Vancouver Magazine

Renee Blackstone (Canada), Publishing Coordinator, Ecole Chocolat

Chester Carey (Canada), Serious Beer/ Professional Palate

Stacy Cherewyk (Canada), Northwest Culinary Academy

Welbert Choi (Canada), Pastry Chef / chef de cuisine, Forage

Fionna Chong (Canada), Baking Instructor, Vancouver Community College

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

Sid Cross (Canada), Wine & Food Media, IWFS President’s Blog

Aaron De Lazzer (Canada), Director of Coffee, Ethical Bean Coffee

Wendell Desouza (Canada), Pastry Chef

Mary Elliott (Canada), Destination British Columbia

Leeann Froese (Canada), Owner, Town Hall

Ben Garfinkel (Canada),,

Taraneh Ghajar Jerven (Canada), Travel & Food Writer

Alexandra Gill (Canada), Restaurant critic

Johannes Halbertsma (Canada), Independent

Miles Harrison (Canada),

Crystal Henrickson (Canada), Community Architect @ Chimp Foundation + Vancouver based startups

Emiddio Isernia (Canada), Pastry Chef, Metropolitan Hotel / Diva at the Met

Barrett Jones (Canada), 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Aaron Kafka (Canada), Kafka’s Coffee

Jackie Kai Ellis (Canada), Beaucoup Bakery

John Lee (Canada), Independent Travel Writer

Anya Levykh (Canada), Freelance writer, editor and radio columnist for CBC Radio and The Westender, Food Girl Friday

Stacey McLachlan (Canada), Western Living Magazine

Jason McRobbie (Canada), Writer/Editor/Videographer

Monica Meschini (Italy), Chocolate/Tea Taster, Sommelier, Permanent Grand Jury

David Mincey (Canada), Preservation Foods Chocolate Project, The Chocolate Project

Sean Neild (Canada), Blogger, Flavor Town Adventures

Mijune Pak (Canada), Follow Me Foodie

Lucas Pavan (Canada), Festival Coordinator, Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Laura Perry (Canada), Green Coffee Buyer, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Angie Quaale (Canada), Well Seasoned Gourmet Foods Inc.

Andrew Starritt (Canada), Cask Strength

Jackie Steel (Canada), Destination British Columbia

Charles Tremewen (Canada), Long Table Distillery Ltd.

Peter Van de Reep (Canada), Bar Manager, Campagnolo Restaurants

Chris Whittaker (Canada), Executive Chef, Forage

Suzannah Yeung (Canada), Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver Community College

Eagranie Yuh (Canada), The Well-Tempered Chocolatier, The Well-Tempered Chocolatier