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Recap: ‘Canada’s Great Kitchen Party’

We were in the crowd at BC Place last night, for the Canada’s Great Kitchen Party regional qualifier, where some of the best culinary talents in the city compete for a chance to represent Vancouver at the national Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa in February, 2024.

Honours were decided by eight judges: National Culinary Advisor, Chris Johns (food and travel writer); B.C. Head Judge, Joie Alvaro Kent (cookbook author); 2022 KP Vancouver Gold medallist and 2023 Canadian Culinary Championships Silver medallist, Chef Bobby Milheron (Wentworth Hospitality Group); Chef Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co); Chef Douglas Chang (Ai & Om Knives); Chef Hamid Salimian (VCC International Culinary Arts instructor); Chef Roger Ma (Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar); and Chef Scott Jaeger (The Pear Tree Restaurant).

Nine Vancouver chefs brought their teams to BC Place Stadium to plate dishes showcasing local ingredients. Each chef also worked alongside a winery to pair their dish with a local wine. Culinary teams included: Akira Kishimoto (Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant); Alana Maas (Northwest Culinary Academy); Daniel McGee (Maxine’s Cafe & Bar); Jasper Cruickshank (Wild Blue); Kyle Lee (CinCin Ristorante + Bar); Mark Singson (Mabuhay YVR); Nandakishore Rangan (Sodexo Live!); Vish Mayekar (Pepino’s Spaghetti House); and Warren Chow (Wildlight Kitchen + Bar).

The results were as follows:

Gold

Chef Jasper Cruickshank and the Wild Blue crew won the regional qualifier with their dish of Side stripe shrimp terrine, a tartlet of Dungeness crab, Wakame leek crisp, and essence of geoduck, which was paired with Roche Wines’s 2021 Tradition Pinot Gris.

Come February, Cruickshank will fly to Ottawa to compete against nine chefs from culinary hotspots across Canada, hoping to succeed the previous title holder, Briana Kim (Alice Restaurant), as gold medal winner and 2024 Canadian Culinary Champion.

SILVER

Chef Akira Kishimoto, of Kishimoto Restaurant on Commercial Drive, scored Silver for their Gobo and Matsutake Takikomi BC rice, Kobujime duck breast with leek puree, Kinome miso cauliflower and gobo & crispy lichen “tree” with smoked kelp powder, sunchoke ‘ginkgo leaf’, tomato & sea buckthorn miso, beet & daikon “spiral,” and binchotan grilled Matsutake, paired with Osake Craft Sake’s Fraser Valley Junmai Renaissance.

BRONZE

This year’s Bronze went to Chef Warren Chow, of Vancouver’s Wildlight Kitchen + Bar, who served Peace Country lamb sirloin and lamb belly sausage with smoked Fraser Valley duck, parsnip puree and fermented gooseberry jus, paired with ​​Rust Wine Co’s 2020 Syrah, from the Similkameen Valley in B.C.

WINES

Three Canadian wines also won awards. Gold went to Nova Scotia’s L’Acadie Vineyards’ 2020 Vintage Cuvée, and two B.C. wineries claimed Silver and Bronze: Ursa Major’s 2022 Exile, Love & Misunderstanding Gamay (Silver) and Tantalus’ 2021 Chardonnay (Bronze).


Congratulations to all the chefs who participated in this year’s event! Check out our photos of the 2023 edition of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Vancouver in the gallery below…

  • Side Stripe Shrimp Terrine | Wild Blue Restaurant + Bar
    Side Stripe Shrimp Terrine | Wild Blue Restaurant + Bar
  • Team Wildlight in action
    Team Wildlight in action
  • Judges Joie Alvaro Kent and Chef Roger Ma
    Judges Joie Alvaro Kent and Chef Roger Ma
  • Waiting for announcements...
    Waiting for announcements...
  • Hanging on the sidelines.
    Hanging on the sidelines.
  • Catching up
    Catching up
  • Vish Mayekar (Pepino’s Spaghetti House)
    Vish Mayekar (Pepino’s Spaghetti House)
  • Tantalus
    Tantalus
  • BC Place
    BC Place
  • Empress Gin cocktail station
    Empress Gin cocktail station
  • Pours of Phantom Creek
    Pours of Phantom Creek
  • Phantom Creek
    Phantom Creek
  • Team Cin Cin
    Team Cin Cin
  • Team Cin Cin documenting the experience
    Team Cin Cin documenting the experience
  • Kishimoto station
    Kishimoto station
  • Gobo and Matsutake Takikomi BC rice, Kobujime duck breast with leek puree, Kinome miso cauliflower and gobo & crispy lichen "tree" with smoked kelp powder, sunchoke 'ginkgo leaf', tomato & sea buckthorn miso, beet & daikon “spiral," and binchotan grilled
    Gobo and Matsutake Takikomi BC rice, Kobujime duck breast with leek puree, Kinome miso cauliflower and gobo & crispy lichen "tree" with smoked kelp powder, sunchoke 'ginkgo leaf', tomato & sea buckthorn miso, beet & daikon “spiral," and binchotan grilled
  • Tasting Tantalus
    Tasting Tantalus
  • Tomato party at Kishimoto
    Tomato party at Kishimoto
  • Cin Cin station in action
    Cin Cin station in action
  • People's choice from Chef Dan McGee
    People's choice from Chef Dan McGee
  • A nice big glass of red from Wentworth Hospitality
    A nice big glass of red from Wentworth Hospitality
  • Plating
    Plating
  • Kishimoto
    Kishimoto
  • Bobby Milheron (Wentworth Hospitality Group) plates vitello tonnato
    Bobby Milheron (Wentworth Hospitality Group) plates vitello tonnato
  • Keeping up with demand
    Keeping up with demand
  • Kishimoto
    Kishimoto
  • Milheron's vitello tonnato
    Milheron's vitello tonnato
  • Peoples choice goes to Daniel McGee (Maxine’s Cafe & Bar)- wow!
    Peoples choice goes to Daniel McGee (Maxine’s Cafe & Bar)- wow!
  • Gold medal winner!
    Gold medal winner!
  • Wildlight Kitchen + Bar who served Peace Country lamb sirloin and lamb belly sausage with smoked Fraser Valley duck
    Wildlight Kitchen + Bar who served Peace Country lamb sirloin and lamb belly sausage with smoked Fraser Valley duck
  • Halibut & scallop terrine with Stoney Paradise tomato bianco sauce, Northern Divine caviar and marinated mussels tartlett from Pepino's
    Halibut & scallop terrine with Stoney Paradise tomato bianco sauce, Northern Divine caviar and marinated mussels tartlett from Pepino's
  • Chef Warren Chow (Bronze); Jasper Cruickshank of Wild Blue (Gold); and Chef Akira Kishimoto of Kishimoto Restaurant (Silver)
    Chef Warren Chow (Bronze); Jasper Cruickshank of Wild Blue (Gold); and Chef Akira Kishimoto of Kishimoto Restaurant (Silver)
  • Congratulations
    Congratulations
  • Grass fed shortrib with Red Kuri squash from Cin Cin
    Grass fed shortrib with Red Kuri squash from Cin Cin
  • Pouring Phantom Creek
    Pouring Phantom Creek
  • Focus
    Focus
  • In the weeds
    In the weeds
  • Cin Cin
    Cin Cin
  • Meticulous with the details
    Meticulous with the details
  • Short ribs in a row.
    Short ribs in a row.
  • Finishing touches.
    Finishing touches.
  • Dan McGee
    Dan McGee
  • Ready to roll.
    Ready to roll.
  • Maxine’s Cafe & Bar station
    Maxine’s Cafe & Bar station
  • Working on feeding the room
    Working on feeding the room
  • Chef Warren Chow
    Chef Warren Chow
  • Wild Blue winning plate
    Wild Blue winning plate
  • Pretty plating by Chef Vish Mayekar
    Pretty plating by Chef Vish Mayekar
  • Team Pepino's
    Team Pepino's

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