Bobby Milheron has been crowned Vancouver Champion of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Regional Qualifier

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Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro and Maxine’s Cafe & Bar’s Bobby Milheron are proud to represent Vancouver at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa in February 2023

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bobby Milheron stood on the top step of the podium last night, emerging victorious among the city’s biggest culinary stars. Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is proud to announce the Gold Medalist of the Vancouver Regional Culinary Competition held yesterday at the Westin Bayshore.

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Vancouver was the last stop of nine competing cities on the Kitchen Party (KP) tour of the country, spotlighting talented chefs from St. John’s, Newfoundland to the west coast of British Columbia. Each region’s gold medal-winning chef earns the privilege of competing for national honors at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa on February 3-4, 2023.

2022 Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Vancouver Chef Competitors:
Sandy Chen Archer
Scott Korzak Bacaro
Fish Mayekar Caffe La Tana, Pepinos
Bobby Milheron Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro, Maxine’s Cafe & Bar
Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun Maena Restaurant

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A panel of seven esteemed judges deliberated on the dishes of the five chefs, led by National Kitchen Party Chief Judge James Chatto, Vancouver Kitchen Party Senior Judge Joie Alvaro Kent, and KP Vancouver Gold Medalist 2019 and 2020 Canadian Culinary Championship gold medalist Roger Ma. After each competing chef presented their dish and accompanying wine pairing to the panel for tasting, the judges enthusiastically chose Bobby Milheron of Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro and Maxine’s Cafe & Bar as the gold medalist for his lightly smoked Canadian Geoduck , BC Shrimp terrine, pickled bull kelp, sunchoke, shellfish gravy – truly a chef d’oeuvre. His dish was paired sharply with Mission Hill Reserve Rosé 2021, Okanagan Valley, BC

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“Chef Bobby Milheron has a big job ahead of him to keep the crown in Vancouver, following Roger Ma’s stunning victory at the last Canadian Culinary Championships in 2020,” explained Chatto. “After last night’s gold medal-winning performance, I’m confident he’s ready.”

Second place was Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun from Maenam, who prepared Southern Thai turmeric curry with a mosaic of BC sockeye salmon, mussel, striped shrimp, fresh young coconut and squid ink cracker with house-made “Tom Yum” spices combined with Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2020, Okanagan Valley, BC Vish Mayekar of Caffè La Tana and Pepino’s Spaghetti House placed third with their Lamb Agnolotti and Seared Scallop in South Indian Curry Sauce, with curry leaf foam and lime crumb accompanied by Artakama Roussanne/Viognier 2021, Oliver, BC

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Chef Bobby Milheron was privileged to receive the dual honor of taking home the People’s Choice Award, which was voted on by all guests in attendance.

Chef Milheron will now represent Vancouver at the 2023 Canadian Culinary Championship to be held February 3-4 in Ottawa, where he will compete against representatives from seven other Canadian cities. “I am honored to represent Vancouver in the Canadian Culinary Championship,” he said. “I want to thank my great suppliers and dedicated teammates. This was a team effort and I couldn’t have done it without you all.”

“After a two-year pandemic hiatus, it was so exciting for us to once again host Canada’s Great Kitchen Party in person. It is incredibly exciting to come together to celebrate our city’s exceptional culinary talent,” said Alvaro Kent. “The caliber and creativity of the dishes presented by each of our competitive chefs are absolutely amazing. We Vancouverites are remarkably honored 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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In addition to last night’s culinary competition, funds were raised for two national beneficiaries and one local charity: Spirit North, which empowers Indigenous youth through sports and games; MusiCounts. providing musical instruments to schools; and Fresh Roots, cultivating meaningful connections between students and the food they grow.

Stephen Leckie, CEO of Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, was thrilled to attend the event, saying, “What a great night and a continuation of Vancouver’s reputation as a serious culinary community. We are proud that Canada’s Great Kitchen Party has raised more than $17 million as we continue to provide Canadian youth with equal opportunities in food, sports and music.”

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All eight gold medal-winning chefs from across the country will converge on the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa on February 3-4, 2023. Over two days, they will show their culinary muscles on the national stage to earn the coveted title of Canadian Culinary champion.

Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is a social enterprise dedicated to “Building a Better Canada” by elevating and celebrating Canadian excellence through food, sports and music. Held in nine cities across the country, each event is a regional culinary competition that qualifies the winning chefs to advance to the Canadian Culinary Championship on February 3-4, 2023 in Ottawa. Chefs, athletes, musicians and business leaders all come together for a spectacular experience and to give young Canadians the chance to be extraordinary through sports, music and food. We are proud to contribute to the following beneficiaries: Spirit North, MusiCounts and a local food charity. As the most comprehensive showcase of Canadian wines, more than 200 wineries and local breweries and spirits are profiled at our events. For more information visit

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