Foodie of the Year finalists

best-50-restaurants-in-canada-logoReport by Staff has chosen its three finalists for the 2013 Foodie of the Year Contest. The Grand Prize winner receives round-trip airfare, a luxury hotel stay and dinner at the Top 50 Restaurant in Canada of her choice. The three finalists distinguished themselves for their writing ability, passion for food and ability to articulate why Canadian cuisine is so outstanding.

Here are the three finalists and links to the articles that earned them this recognition.

Deborah Son: For her article on Segovia Tapas Bar in Winnipeg

Excerpt: “Each plate of tapas overflows with fresh ingredients and a sexy mingling of flavours that delight the taste buds, leaving you only with the desire to steal another bite. One of my favourite dishes boasts Albacore tuna as the main attraction, with fried peanuts, mint aioli, radish, and Serrano peppers ($12). The fish tasted so fresh and just seemed to melt in my mouth as I took my first bite. Other standouts include savoury braised short ribs with fingerling potatoes as well as lemon mascarpone-filled dates with roasted pistachios and sweet maple syrup.”

Read the rest of Deborah’s entry

Jo-Ann Samo: For her article on Joe Beef in Montreal

Excerpt: “I must admit the Joe Beef experience is unlike any other that you will encounter. It is a cavalcade of outstanding dishes, each a conquest of amazingly glorious, gluttonous and eccentric recipes. Servers were knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. It’’s a celebration that needs to be on everyone’’s 2013 bucket list.”

Read the rest of Jo-Ann’s entry

Holly Fraughton: For her article on why she loves Canadian cuisine

Excerpt: “For years, I was an all-around journalist covering everything from the business beat to hard-hitting news stories. … Then, I moved to the not-so-sleepy ski town of Whistler, British Columbia. There, I took a job writing for a popular weekly newspaper, and soon found myself in the position of Arts & Entertainment Editor. Along with that position came a weekly column. A food column. Am I not the luckiest girl in the world?!

“For almost three years, I had the opportunity to visit a wide array of dining establishments in a world-class ski resort, sampling everything from foie gras poutine and sushi to decadent five-course winemaker dinners. It was a dream come true, really. See, I’ve always loved food: not only to eat, but to prepare meals for family and friends. This was truly the perfect gig for me.”

Read the rest of Holly’s entry


More About the Canadian Foodie of the Year Contest

The finalists were notified on May 3 and each received a telephone call from Managing Editor Adrian Brijbassi last week to inform them of the procedure in awarding the prize. editorial members will choose the winner based on the quality of the writing.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The two runners-up will also receive prizes, including gifts from Magellan’s Travel Company.



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