Judges


Ethan Adeland

Ethan is the Managing Director of Partnerships and co-founder of Food Bloggers of Canada. Food Bloggers of Canada (FBC) is home to a vibrant and active network of over 2,100 food bloggers across Canada.

FBC is also home to Canada’s national annual food blog conference, which is hosting its 4th annual event in Toronto from Oct. 21-23, 2016. At FBC, Ethan connects bloggers with brands to create mouth-watering recipes, beautiful photography and shares wonderful stories around food.

Ethan’s always on the lookout for his next meal and adventure, preferably in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant or a food-cart along the side of the road in South East Asia. 

Facebook: facebook.com/FoodBloggersOfCanada
Twitter: @foodbloggersCA@EthanAdeland
Instagram: @foodbloggersca@EthanAdeland

Alexandra Gill

Alexandra Gill has been The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic since 2005. She has written for the paper for 19 years, originally as a staff reporter in Toronto and later as the Western Arts Correspondent.

Now a freelance contributor, she writes primarily about food and drink for the BC and Life sections. She is a judge for numerous food and restaurant awards, including Canada’s 100 Best. Her feature writing has been nominated for the National Newspaper Awards and the Western Magazine Awards.

Facebook: facebook.com/vancouvercritic
Twitter: @lexxgill
Instagram: @lexxgill

Denise Marchessault

Denise Marchessault couldn’t decide between a sweet or savoury path so she studied both. Classically trained in French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Denise holds Le Grand Diplôme, a blue-ribboned’ two thumbs up for diplomas in pastry and cuisine. Her cookbook, British Columbia From Scratch (Whitecap Books/Summer 2016), is a celebration of BC and the wholesome simplicity of cooking from scratch. 

Before moving to Vancouver, Denise taught and hosted cooking classes at her cooking school, French Mint, in Victoria, on Vancouver Island and penned the Master Class cooking series for EAT Magazine, British Columbia. When not teaching or developing new recipes, Denise can be found in the kitchen with her favourite apprentices, her twin daughters.

Claire Newell

Claire Newell is a 23 year veteran of the travel business.  She is the owner and president of Travel Best Bets as well as a wife and mother of two. Claire is the official Travel Expert for Global BC and is on CKNW radio 3 times per week.

She appears regularly in US Media on programs like NBC’s Today Show and Fox News.  She is the best-selling author of Travel Best Bets – An Insider’s Guide to Taking Your Best Trips, Ever and co-hosts the travel series Operation: Vacation currently airing on Travel + Escape in Canada and the US.

Facebook: facebook.com/claire.travel
Twitter: @clairenewell
Instagram: @clairenewelltravel

Jennifer Pallian

Jennifer Pallian is a Vancouver-based food writer and food photographer with a science background in cooking, nutrition and health. On her blog, Foodess, she shares scrumptious photography, globally-inspired seasonal recipes, funny stories about life as a mama and an abundance of cooking and ingredient tips. 

Jennifer was named one of the Huffington Post’s “Top Ten Food Bloggers”, one of Today’s Parent’s “24 most awesome parents on social media”, and was a finalist in Saveur Magazine’s Best Food Blog Awards for "best original recipes."

Facebook: facebook.com/foodess
Twitter: @foodessdotcom
Instagram: @foodess 

Rola Zahr

Rola Zahr is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Education Manager at BC Dairy Association. She played a key role in the development of the Better Together initiative, from the research done in the early stages of the project to understand family meal behaviours to the creation and administration of the Better Together website and Hands-on Cook-off contest. 

Rola has been able to apply first-hand the Better Together tips and approach by involving her daughter in the kitchen from a very young age. They started with baking. Soon, recipes expanded to include more complex tasks. Now at almost ten, her daughter makes Mac and Cheese from scratch , prepares her own snacks and loves experimenting with recipes to create new variations.