Melissa Baker has dedicated her life and career to improving Canadians' knowledge of food and what they should and shouldn't be consuming. The registered dietitian is also a talented blogger and devoted connoisseur of Canada's fine-dining experiences. Judges voted her entry in the 2015 Food.ee of the Year contest as the best among the more than 400 entries from across the country. In her winning submission, she wrote:
"Each day, I make it my mission to use food as a vehicle for improving the health and quality of life of Canadians. I love this 'work' so much and believe whole-heartedly in the ability of food to improve health. Food also has an amazing ability to create or maintain cultural ties, build community spirit, enrich celebrations and improve overall wellness." Read her complete award-winning entry here.
2015 FOOD.EE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!
We were thrilled with the amazing and heartfelt entries to this year’s contest. After careful deliberations, we have narrowed the field down to 8 finalists for the 2015 Canadian Food.ee of the Year Award! They are a hungry group of passionate diners. The winner will be selected by a group of judges, including Vacay.ca and Top Restaurants in Canada Founder Adrian Brijbassi, Vacay.ca Deputy Editor Rod Charles, Vacay.ca Family Travel Columnist Jody Robbins and Chair of the Top Restaurants in Canada, Renee Suen.
Congratulations to the finalists! The winner will be notified on June 10, 2015. The Grand Prize is a round-trip airfare to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, a luxury hotel stay at the Sheraton Newfoundland, and a dinner for two at Raymonds, the No. 1 Restaurant in Canada in 2014.
COLLEEN ALLISON, Frampton, QC
Favourite Restaurant: L’Initiale, Quebec City
ABBY AINSWORTH, Toronto, ON
Favourite Restaurant: Edulis, Toronto
NICOLE FLAX, Toronto, ON
Favourite Restaurant: Beast, Toronto
NICOLE JACOBS, Thornhill, ON
Favourite Restaurant: Hub Sushi, Thornhill
SUSIE NIXON, Lethbridge, AB
Favourite Restaurant: Hawksworth, Vancouver
MELISSA PULVERMACHER, Guelph, ON
Favourite Restaurant: Buon Gusto Ristorante, Guelph
LISA SEO, Saskatoon, SK
Favourite Restaurant: Hoito, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Previous winner Deborah Son of Winnipeg . Read her winning entry here.
2015 GRAND PRIZE
The Canadian Foodee of the Year will travel to beautiful St. John's to enjoy a luxury stay that includes dinner for two at the No. 1 restaurant in the country!
Vacay.ca has teamed with Food.ee to serve up the 2015 Food.ee of the Year Contest — with a grand prize that includes round-trip airfare for two to St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, a four-night luxury hotel stay, and dinner for you and a guest at Raymonds, voted in 2014 and 2015 as the top restaurant in Canada by the Vacay.ca Voting Academy.
The winner will enjoy a four-night stay at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, located in the heart of St. John's exquisite downtown.
Only eligible entries will be accepted. Blackout dates on flights and hotels will apply. Visit the Contest Rules page for full details.
The 2015 contest is now closed.
See the 2015 Top Restaurants in Canada Rankings — an annual list published by Vacay.ca!
In 2013, Deborah Son of Winnipeg earned the Foodie of the Year title for her eloquent nomination of Segovia Tapas Bar. Her victory earned her a round-trip airfare to dine at her choice of the Top 50 Restaurants in Canada. She chose Vij's and also won a three-night luxury stay at the Loden Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Read about her story here.