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Our 2016 Judges


Our national list of judges includes chefs, restaurateurs, journalists, gourmets and industry leaders. Each was asked to submit a list of their favourite restaurants in the country. Those results were returned to an independent board at KPMG, and pooled to come up with a national ranking. The end result is the definitive temperature-check of our vibrant national restaurant scene. The goal of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants is to acknowledge those who lead with their skill and passion and who set higher standards when it comes to the business of dining out—those helping to build an even more dynamic Canadian dining scene.

Riccardo Bertolino
Executive Chef, Maison Boulud (Montreal)

Derek Dammann
Chef/Owner, Maison Publique (Montreal)

Connie deSousa
Chef/Owner, CHARCUT Roast House, (Calgary)

Donna Dooher
President and CEO of Restaurants Canada and Chef/Owner, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (Toronto)

Rob Feenie
Chef, Cactus Club Café (Vancouver)

David Hawksworth
Chef/Owner, Hawksworth Restaurant (Vancouver)

Geoff Hopgood
Chef/Owner, Hopgood’s Foodliner (Toronto)

John Jackson
Chef/Owner, CHARCUT Roast House, (Calgary)

Normand Laprise
Chef/Owner, Toqué! and Brasserie T! (Montreal)

Justin Leboe
Chef/Owner, Model Milk and Pigeonhole (Calgary)

David Lee
Chef/Owner, Nota Bene (Toronto)Eric Lee
Chef, Pizzeria Gusto (Winnipeg)

Susur Lee
Chef/Owner, Lee, Luckee and Bent (Toronto)

Dale Mackay
Chef/Owner, Ayden Kitchen & Bar (Saskatoon)

Mark McEwan
Chef/Owner, The McEwan Group (Toronto)

David McMillan
Chef/Owner, Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Le Vin Papillon (Montreal)

Dino Renaerts
Chef/ Sommelier/Owner, Bon Vivant Hospitality (Vancouver)

Bonnie Stern
Author, Chef and TV Personality (Toronto)

Marc Thuet
Chef/Owner, Petite Thuet (Toronto)

Jesse Vergen
Executive Chef of Saint John Ale House, Chef/ Owner of Smoking Pig BBQ (Saint John)

Vikram Vij
Chef/Owner, Vij’s and Rangoli (Vancouver)

Anthony Walsh
Corporate Executive Chef, Oliver & Bonacini (Toronto)RESTAURATEURS/ HOTELIERS Yannick Bigourdan
Owner, The Carbon Bar, Union Chicken and Lodging (Toronto)

Franco Prevedello
Former restaurateur (Toronto)

Andrew Torriani
President, CEO and GM, Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Peter Tsebelis
Owner, Buca, The Saint and Jamie’s Italian (Toronto)GOURMETS/FOODIESJohn Aylen
Owner, John Aylen Communications (Montreal)

Rosemary Bacovsky
Owner, Integra Consulting (Calgary)

Keith Baguley
VP/Group Account Director, BT/A (Toronto)

Chris Fair
President, Resonance Consulting (Vancouver)

Bruce Hills
COO, Just For Laughs (Montreal)

Dr. Josh Josephson
Owner, Josephson Opticians (Toronto)

Moez Kassam
Portfolio Manager, Anson Group of Funds and Strategic Advisor, Foodee (Toronto)

Robert Lantos
Owner/Producer, Serendipity Point Films (Toronto)

Jean Laporte
President, Groupe Laporte and Visions Actions (Montreal)

Steven Latner
Managing Director, Shiplake (Toronto)Lanita Layton
Managing Director, HUGO BOSS Canada (Toronto)

Geddy Lee
Musician (Toronto)

Martine Levy
Managing Director, DDB Public Relations (Toronto)

Adrian Myers
Associate, Torkin Manes (Toronto)

Lucy Price
Co-owner Auberge SaintAntoine, Le Chic Shack and Panache (Quebec City)

Jason Priestley
Actor (Vancouver)

Clayton Ruby
C.M. B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D., Partner, Ruby Shiller (Toronto)

Tina Santoro
Director, Advertising, Entertainment & Lifestyle Marketing, American Express Canada

Spike Stockdale
Managing Partner, Pure Cobalt (Montreal)

John Vogle
Chairman, New Latitude Mortgage Lender (Toronto)JOURNALISTS/BLOGGERSMelissa Buote
The Coast (Halifax)

Anne DesBrisay
Capital Dining (Ottawa)

Alexandra Gill
The Globe and Mail (Vancouver)

Chris Johns
Freelance journalist (Toronto)

Marie-Claude Lortie
La Presse (Montréal)

Andrew Morrison
Scout Magazine (Vancouver)

Gwendolyn Richards
Calgary Herald (Calgary)

Katerine-Lune Rollet
Montréalité (Montreal)

Gary Ross
Writer and Editor (Vancouver)

Mayssam Samaha (Montréal)

Dick Snyder
Partner, kwäf | Only good wine (Toronto)

Liv Vors
Freelance journalist (Edmonton)CULINARY INDUSTRYSteve Alexander
Owner, Cumbrae’s Butchers (Toronto)

Paul Alsop
Managing Director, IDMG Culinary Marketing (Toronto)

Patrice Basille
Executive Vice-President, Brookstreet Hotel Corp. (Ottawa)

Brigitte Boulanger
Director of Design and Sales, Cuisines Steam (Montreal)Don House
Managing Partner, IDMG Culinary Marketing (Calgary)

Greg Pearce
Director of Provincial Food Brands with Food Island Partnership (Charlottetown)

Afrim Pristine
Maitre fromager, Cheese Boutique (Toronto)

Nathalie Stoltz
Sales and Development, SML (Quebec City)WINE INDUSTRYAngela Aiello
President, iYellow (Toronto)

Théo Diamantis
Co-owner, Oenopole (Montreal)