Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Week to celebrate dining out across the nation

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So many restaurants have received votes from the public in the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada that the online travel magazine is announcing significant changes, including an expanded field that will include 50 runner-up restaurants. Beginning April 25, 2013, restaurants ranked 51-100 will be counted down daily on Twitter (using the hashtag #Vacay50) and the entire Top 50 Restaurants will be unveiled on May 1, 2013.

Top 50 Restaurants in Canada Week Schedule

best-50-restaurants-in-canada-logoThursday, April 25, 1 pm ET: Runner-up restaurants Nos. 91-100 announced via Twitter (#Vacay50)
Friday, April 26, 1 pm ET: Nos. 76-90 announced
Saturday, April 27, 1 pm ET: Nos. 71-75 announced
Sunday, April 28, 1 pm ET: Nos. 66-70 announced
Monday, April 29: No announcements from; World’s 50 Best Restaurants are announced
Tuesday, April 30, 11 am ET: Nos. 51-65 and Top Food Truck in Canada winner announced
Wednesday, May 1, 11 am ET: Top 50 Restaurants in Canada countdown begins; People’s Choice winner announced
Friday, May 3, 4 pm ET: Three finalists for the Canadian Foodie of the Year Contest announced
Thursday, May 9, 1 pm ET: Announcement of Foodie of the Year winner (as chosen by selection of judges)
“We’ve received so many entries from the public that it would be a shame to not recognize as many restaurants as we can in some way,” says Janine MacLean, the Chair of the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada. “The runner-up restaurants will be noted, while special recognition will remain for the Top 50, which will be known as the very best places to dine out in Canada.”
Thousands of votes have been received from the public and a full recount will occur after the final votes come in on April 15. The public votes will be added to the votes from the 34 judges of the Voting Academy to determine the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada.

The 2013 Voting Academy


Janine MacLean – Food Columnist and chef

East Coast

Renée Lavallée – Chef and food writer at, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Regional Head Judge)
Jeremy Charles – Chef/co-owner Raymonds, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
Chris Makin – Sommelier, server at Saege Bistro in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Wine Columnist
Cailin O’Neil – Food blogger based in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Stephen Lee – Co-owner Mallard Cottage, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
Zane Kelsall – Owner Two If By Sea, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Marie Asselin – Food Nouveau and writer, Quebec City (Regional Head Judge)
Travis Champion – Owner of L’OrignalLe Gros Jambon and Magdalen, Montreal
Dustin Gilman – Food Guy Montreal writer
Mayssam Samaha – Will Travel for Food writer, Montreal
Allison Van Rassel – Foodie in Quebec City writer
Jean-Baptiste Herlem – Restonomy writer, Montreal


Rebecca LeHeup – Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance executive director, Toronto (Regional Head Judge)
Renee Suen – Toronto Life food writer
Gizelle Lau – Toronto Life food writer
Arlene Stein – Chair of Terroir Symposium, Toronto
John Placko — Head of Modern Culinary Academy, Mississauga
Barry O’Neill – Zed Financial Partners managing partner, Toronto
Jenn Chow – blogger from Foodie Prints, Ottawa
Don Chow – blogger from Foodie Prints, Ottawa

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Jody Robbins – writer, Calgary (Regional Head Judge)
Diana Ng – WestJet Up! magazine travel editor, Calgary
Derryl Murphy – Food aficionado from Saskatoon
Dan Clapson – Food writer at, Saskatoon
Julie van Rosendaal – Food columnist, blogger at Dinner with Julie, Calgary

British Columbia/Territories

Adrian Brijbassi – Managing Editor, Vancouver and Toronto (Regional Head Judge)
Terry Pichor – Chef at Sonora Restaurant in Discovery Islands, food writer at Vancouver Sun
Sarah Bancroft – Vitamin Daily editor, Vancouver
Katie Martie – writer, Vancouver and Revelstoke
Sophia Cheng – Heth PR manager, Vancouver
Lee Man – Food writer at Vancouver Magazine

Token American

Steve Dolinsky – ABC Chicago food reporter, chairperson for World’s 50 Best Restaurants, multiple James Beard Award winner for food reporting

Token Canadian Snowbird

Dean Tai — Chef and Cordon Bleu graduate from Ottawa currently living in Florida.

Vicky is the worldly publisher of Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal, she has set about building a talented team of travel experts to deliver to you words and images of the very best places to see and experience in Canada. Based in Yorkville in Toronto, Vicky regularly jet sets around Canada — be sure to catch up with her when she's in your part of the country.

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