In 2013, Greater Toronto, another bustling hub for Chinese food, was selected to be part of the Awards as a result. This year, the Chinese Restaurant Awards, proudly presented by OpenRoad Auto Group, once again invited Toronto-based food critics Jen Chan, Jennifer Kwan, Renée S. Suen, and Charles Yu to search for the ten best signature dishes. They have begun their tasting journey since summer 2013. As always, Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards’ judging criteria is based on the excellence of ingredients, cooking skills, and taste.  The judges took on the new mission to select the spectacular from the best and they had casted votes by the the end of March by secret ballots. All ballots were sent to EY Canada for auditing. The result of 2014 Greater Toronto's Critics' Choice Signature Dish Awards were announced on April 23 at the sixth annual Awards Ceremony.

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

  • JenChan.jpg Jen C
    Jen has always been fascinated by food. Meals with her family have grounded her tastes in superlative home cooking, while dining out with friends has given her a sense of how traditional Chinese food has been transformed and developed by new ingredients and techniques in Canada. The result is a delicious mosaic of food that reflects a unique Chinese-Canadian point of view. Her website, , serves as a record of her gastronomic journey. 
  • JenniferKwan_s.jpg Jennifer K
    As a web blogger, Jennifer is a top contributor on leading to a strong, loyal online following for her smart, informative and enthusiastic write ups. Her spice of life with Chinese food brings her to places serving cuisines from all corners of China.
     As a Markham resident, she has a personal goal to visit every Chinese restaurant in the GTA, from hole-in-the-walls to banquet halls.
    Please Note: Spice of Life means I love different varieties of Chinese food...
  • reneesuen.jpg Renée S. Suen
    Renée is a freelance food writer, photographer and avid destination diner. Raised on East Asian cuisine in Vancouver, Hong Kong and Calgary, she now calls Toronto home where she writes about Canada’s evolving restaurant scene for some of the country’s leading publications.  You can find some of her works at Toronto Life, Sharp Magazine, and Thrillist.  When not writing, Renée can often be found scouring the world in search of the best plates, and sits on the panel for a number of restaurant surveys including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List,’s Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List and Opinionated About Dining Guide. She is thrilled that Chinese cuisine is starting to gain the recognition it deserves in Canada.  
  • CharlesYu.jpg Charles Yu
    Charles is a true enthusiast, dining at well over 120 Michelin star(s) restaurants world wide and spending over 16 years sharing his knowledge on the influential and rigorous website " ".  Charles is acknowledged by the online community as one of the most trusted, credible, and experienced food bloggers on the internet. He is the nominated member of World Gourmet Society. Charles' reputation has also caught the attention of restaurant operators and the local, national and international press Chris Nuttal-Smith of the Globe & Mail, Karen Aagaard of the Post City Magazine as well as Susan Jung of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post. Read the interview by about Charles.