Bobby Milheron Crowned Vancouver Champion of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Regional Qualifier

Bobby Milheron with other regional finalist

VANCOUVER — Bobby Milheron of Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro and Maxine’s Cafe & Bar is the gold medalist of the Vancouver regional culinary competition for Canada’s Great Kitchen Party. He will go on to represent Vancouver at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa in February 2023.

After each competing chef presented their dish and accompanying wine pairing to the panel for tasting, the judges chose Milheron for his lightly smoked Canadian Geoduck, B.C. spot prawn terrine, pickled bull kelp, sunchoke and shellfish jus. His dish was paired with Mission Hill Reserve Rose 2021, Okanagan Valley, B.C.

Finishing in second spot was Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun from Maenam who prepared Southern Thai-style Turmeric Curry with a mosaic of B.C. sockeye salmon, mussel, side-striped prawn, fresh young coconut and squid-ink cracker with house-made “Tom Yum” seasoning, and paired with Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2020, Okanagan Valley, B.C. Vish Mayekar from Caffè La Tana and Pepino’s Spaghetti House placed third with his lamb agnolotti and seared scallop in south Indian curry sauce, with curry-leaf foam and lime crumb, accompanied by Artakama Roussanne/Viognier 2021, Oliver, B.C.

“Chef Bobby Milheron has a big task ahead of him to keep the crown in Vancouver, following Roger Ma’s stunning victory at the last Canadian Culinary Championships in 2020,” says head judge James Chatto. “After last night’s gold medal winning performance, I’m confident he is up for it.”

“I am honoured to represent Vancouver in the Canadian Culinary Championship,” says Milheron. “I would like to thank my wonderful suppliers and dedicated teammates. This was a team effort, and I couldn’t have done it without all of you.”

“After a two-year pandemic hiatus, it’s been so exciting for us to host Canada’s Great Kitchen Party in person once again. Being able to gather in celebration of our city’s exceptional culinary talent is incredibly thrilling,” says senior judge Alvaro Kent. “The calibre and creativity of the dishes presented by each of our competing chefs have been absolutely stellar. We Vancouverites are remarkably honoured to enjoy such a broad cultural spectrum of culinary excellence. Our entire city is rallying behind chef Bobby Milheron as he prepares to represent Vancouver at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa.”

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