The University of Guelph / Food Day Canada Good Food Innovation Awards were created to honour chefs and restaurants that, no matter where they are located, go the extra mile when preparing their Food Day Canada menus.
The menus from 2015 produced the richest and most diverse group of honourees in the history of our Awards. Some chefs celebrated for one day; others for the weekend; still others for the entire week prior. In a few years we will look back and realize how many of our Food Day Canada participants are true culinary pioneers.
Many of our chefs are already well known by the public and the media, but others are often unheralded. This is what makes these awards even more important. We need to name our heroes!
The 2015 Gold Award winners join a most special group of men and women who will be honoured this September by the President of the University of Guelph this September; hosted, fȇted and, hopefully, inspired by the university’s commitment to Canadian agriculture and the business of food.
The Food Day Canada 2015 menus were pored over by our distinguished panel of Judges. It was the toughest selection process ever and they deserve our sincere thanks for their perseverance. Hearty congratulations to all the winners and remember to check out the links to their winning menus.
The new members of the Gold Award winners circle begin in B.C. with Vancouver’s Bishop’s, The Pointe Restaurant at Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn, The Terrace at Mission Hill and Siwash Lake Ranch way up near 70 Mile House. They all join the storied Sooke Harbour House which has won Gold since the inception of these awards. Chef Stephan Drolet of Camille‘s also took home Gold but is in the process of moving his restaurant.
The Wascana Country Club with Chef Milton Rebello claims Gold for the Prairies.
Manoir Hovey’s Le Hatley Restaurant joins veteran winners Les Fougères, Les Jardins de Metis, Les Jardins Sauvages and Montreal’s Taverne Monkland while Rossmount Inn in St. Andrews, New Brunswick is the single Gold Award winner from Atlantic Canada.
And there are more!
Silver Awards go to another stellar group of chefs which include veterans like Scaramouche and newer restaurants like The Red Rabbit that are raising the locally-sourced bar across Canada. Read their menus, salivate and celebrate the unmistakeable talent that we have here in this nation of ours.
Ontario had the richest showing with great menus from London’s Abruzzi , Stratford’s brand new Red Rabbit, Ottawa’s Fauna another new addition to that city’s vibrant food scene, Fonthill’s Zest Restaurant, Toronto’s Indie Ale House, Boralia, Scaramouche and Buca Osteria & Enoteca, home of Chef Rob Gentile, one of Canada’s busiest chefs.
British Columbia’s honourees include RauDZ Regional Table arguably the restaurant that started it all in Kelowna, Old Vines Restaurant at Quail’s Gate Winery, the multi-award winning Waterfront Wine Restaurant again in Kelowna, Victoria’s Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, the first full-fledged brewpub in Canada and the utterly gorgeous, island-bound Sonora Resort.
Atlantic Canada’s Silver winners included St John’s Newfoundland’s Oppidan, the seasonally-operated Norseman Restaurant in L’Anse Aux Meadows at the top of the Great Northern Peninsula with Moncton’s Little Louis’ Oyster Bar filling out the group.
We look forward to having our Gold Award Winners again cooking at the legendary Beard House in Manhattan in both May and December.
About The University of Guelph
The University of Guelph was established in 1964 and is considered one of Canada’s top universities. Its three founding members – Macdonald Institute, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College – are older than the University itself. Established in Toronto in 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College is the oldest veterinary school in Canada.
The University now consists of seven colleges: the College of Arts, the College of Biological Science, the College of Business and Economics with its stellar programme in hospitality food & tourism, the College of Physical and Engineering Science, the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. The University also has a regional campus in Ridgetown, Ont., and several research stations. With more than 20,000 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students, the University is consistently ranked highly for providing a comprehensive education that combines traditional academia with experiential learning and co-operative education outside the classroom. Research opportunities allow students to learn and work with faculty who are experts in their field.
The University welcomes international students from around the world, while providing study abroad programs for those interested in broadening their global perspective. Guelph’s alumni population continues to grow and now totals more than 101,000 alumni in 145 countries.