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2012 VanMag Restaurant Awards – The Return of the King

by Canucklehead on April 23, 2012

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Once in a while you watch an awards show – and somebody sweeps all the big prizes. This year at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards saw the return of David Hawksworth to a Vancouver dining scene that was pining away for him like a love sick 16 year old. But let’s be fair, it was not a gimme – competition is too tough from rooms like L’Abattoir, La Quercia, or any one of the stellar Top Table restaurants. There are no freebies in the hyper competitive Vancouver restaurant scene.

So kudos are in order to all the competitors. Looking over the list of nominated restaurants and you get a sense of just how good we have it. So the big winner? That’s us – the diners.

Here are the list of award winners. Congratulations to all.

Restaurant of the Year
Hawksworth

Best Upscale Restaurant
Hawksworth

Best Casual
L’Abattoir

Chef of the Year
David Hawksworth

Best New Restaurant
Hawksworth

Lifetime Achievement Award
Kimble Chan, Nelson Yeung, Kirin Restaurant Group

Mentorship Award
Julian Bond

Green Award
Trafalgars

Best New Design
Hawksworth

Pastry Chef of the Year
Theirry Busset

Bartender of the Year
Danielle Tatarin – Keefer Bar

Supplier of the Year
F.I.S.H.

Premier Cru
Neil Henderson - Araxi
Terry Threlfall – Hawksworth
Brooke Delves - Maenam
Iori Kataoka – Zest
Corey Bauldry – Diva at the Met

Best Food Cart
Re-Up BBQ

Best Seafood
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Best Upscale Italian
Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Best Casual Italian
La Quercia

Best Pizzeria
Nicli Antica PIzzeria

Best Upscale French
Le Crocodile

Best Casual French
Pied a Terre

Best Upscale Japanese
Tojo’s

Best Casual Japanese
Kingyo Izakaya

Best Upscale Chinese
Jade Seafood

Best Casual Chinese
Alvin Garden

Best Dim Sum
Kirin

Best Noodle House
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle

Best Indian
Vij’s

Best Korean
Hanwoori

Best Thai
Maenam

Best Vietnamese
Phnom Penh

Best Other Asian
Spice Islands

Best of the Americas
Dona Cata

Best Steakhouse
Hy’s Encore

Best Casual Chain
Cactus Club Cafe

Best North Shore
Fraiche

Best Whislter
Araxi

Best Victoria
Ulla

Best Vancouver Island
Sooke Harbour House

Best Okanagan
Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar

Best Winery/Vineyard Dining
Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

Best Resort Dining
The Pointe at the Wickaninnish Inn

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