Chinese food is famed for its notably cooking styles. Lovers of Chinese cuisine often go far and wide to find the right bowl of noodles, the perfect king crab or the most delicate dim sum morsels. The chef’s attention to choosing and applying the ingredients and his/her cooking technique defines a signature dish that showcases their passion, creativity and expertise. The Critics’ Signature Dish Awards celebrates this excellence. Our panel of 4 judges in Greater Vancouver spent over 180 days for their tasting journey since summer 2013 to choose their most memorable signature dishes for the Chinese Restaurant Awards 2014, proudly presented by OpenRoad Auto Group.  As always, Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards’ judging criteria is based on the excellence of ingredients, cooking skills, and taste.  For 2014, the Awards also took a drastic step in reducing the twenty-five categories of Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards to ten. The judges took on the new mission to select the spectacular from the best and they casted votes by the the end of March by secret ballots. All ballots were sent to EY Canada for auditing. Winners of the Critics’ Choice Awards for Metro Vancouver region were announced at the 6th annual Awards Ceremony on April 23th.

Critics' Choice Signature Dish Awards

(10 awards from the below 9 major categories)

  • Dim Sum

  • Appetizers

  • Vegetable/Tofu

  • Meat

  • Poultry

  • Seafood

  • Dessert

  • Rice / Noodle

  • Soup

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    Stephen Wong
    Founding Chair
    The founding Chair of the Chinese Restaurant Awards, Stephen is a recognized authority on Chinese cuisine. A respected chef and former restaurateur, Stephen produces Granville Island Market‘s popular Chefs in the Market series. Stephen is also a food and wine journalist, and author of 100 Best Asian Noodle Recipes.
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    Lee Man
    Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Lee Man is a local food writer with a particular passion for Chinese and Asian cuisine. Lee is a regular contributor to and Vancouver Magazine and is a judge for their annual restaurant awards, Lee’s work has also been featured in Wine Access, Northwest Best Places, Time Out and Eat Magazine.
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    Brendon Mathews
    Brendon lives and eats in Richmond. He wrote about food for more than five years at the Richmond Review, then moved online to the popular Vancouver website where he posts under the ‘nom de net’ Keith Talent. Brendon’s a frequent contributor to Vancouver Magazine, and a judge for the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
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    Foodie Yau
    An internet food critic, a devoted travel writer & gourmet writer to boot. For the past 2 decades, be it a 5 star hotel or street food, he has always been willing to try anything, as long as it tastes good.