HALIFAX — Eight representatives of Nova Scotia’s culinary industry were put in the spotlight yesterday at The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards, held at the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s Tourism Summit in Halifax.
“It’s an opportunity to recognize our members in a formal way … the hard work, perseverance and dedication that these Nova Scotian companies bring to our culinary industry,” said Janice Ruddock, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia.
“These companies face many obstacles as entrepreneurs, bringing us innovative products and authentic culinary experiences. They are focused on being the best they can be for this province, and we are fortunate they choose to call Nova Scotia home.”
Awards were presented in eight categories. The winners are as follows:
Innovative Product of the Year
Haskapa Haskap Juice, LaHave Forest Inc.
Restaurant of the Year – Chef Inspired Fine Dining
Gabrieau’s Bistro, Antigonish, N.S.
Restaurant of the Year – Chef Inspired Casual Dining
Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, N.S.
Restaurant of the Year – Essence of Nova Scotia
Shore Club Lobster Suppers, Hubbards, N.S.
Producer of the Year
Terra Beata Cranberry Farm, Heckman’s Island, N.S.
Server of the Year
Amber MacLean, Morris East, Halifax
Consumer Choice Product of the Year
Bliss, Avondale Sky Winery, Newport Landing, N.S.
Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year
Pete Luckett, Pete’s Frootique and Luckett Vineyards