by Sally Warburton
Held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Taste Canada Awards Gala 2018 was an exciting evening for all aspects of the food business! Taste Canada Awards has been celebrating the best of Canadian culinary writers and publishers since 1998.
Guests enjoyed sampling the fantastic selection of delicious cheeses generously provided by Dairy Farmers of Ontario and curated by Quality Cheese; bread from Forno Cultura, Toronto’s favorite bakery and coffee shop; and wines by the Niagara College Teaching Winery.
The Red Carpet was a who’s who of Canadian food. Cookbook writers and food bloggers posed for photos with their cookbooks, with large knives and fork props showing their fun personalities.
The Gala Awards Ceremony was co-hosted by Shahir Massoud and Claire Tansey. Shahir Massoud is not only a TV host on several shows but has a vast food interest as he went to the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Claire Tansey is Food Director at Chatelaine and guest expert on Cityline.
Very special guest was The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The winners were announced in each category. Some were there to collect their trophy and others had their trophy accepted by a chosen guest. All were ecstatic to win the prestigious award. Check the Taste Canada Awards website for the results. Amongst the winners were culinary students Jessi Coulter and Kaitlin McCarthy from Assiniboine College, Manitoba. They won for their delicious cast iron seared Hudson River Arctic Char dish they’d prepared at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen the night before at the Taste Canada – Cooks the Books 2018.
After the Awards Ceremony, there was a second Red Carpet – this time with the winners of the Taste Canada Awards. Winners loved having their photos taken with their newly received Trophy award. At the same time, the gala gelebration started. Guests were able to sample food from twelve different food stations. All delicious and beautifully presented. Out of this world, were the barley soup made by Conestoga College and then the ramen from Fat Rabbit. Exquisite. There was something for everyone – whether you were vegetarian, vegan or a carnivore. Sweet or savoury. No one went home hungry. Having the opportunity to meet and speak to the Cookbook authors and food bloggers was a foodie’s dream. It was a beautiful and delicious evening. Congratulations to all who were nominated and to those who won the Taste Canada Awards 2018.