See who’s cooking at the 2012 BC Foodexpo


Ten local chefs to compete for BC Chinese Chef of the Year at BC Foodservice Expo

The woks will be steaming and the fish sauce flying when 10 local chefs compete to be crowned the first ever BC Chinese Chef of the Year. This iron-chef-style live competition will take place Jan. 29 and 30 on the Discover Presentation Stage at the BC Foodservice Expo.

MetroVancouveris among the top destinations outside ofChinafor outstanding Chinese cuisine. The BC Chinese Chef of the Year Competition aims to recognize culinary professionalism in local Chinese restaurants and to raise the profiles of Chinese chefs within the wider chef community. While other restaurant awards acknowledge winning restaurants’ cuisine excellence, the BC Chinese Chef of the Year will endorse the individuals behind the gourmet dishes.

The competing chefs are members of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) and the BC Chefs Association. Ten teams have been selected to date, based on merit and experience.

  • Gordon Ping Wah Chan of Always Seafood Restaurant
  • Sam Ka Bo Leung of Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
  • Wing Ho of Fortune Seafood Restaurant
  • Anthony Shy Wing Leung of Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
  • Joseph Jiang of The Jade Seafood Restaurant
  • Kent Wong of Red Sun Seafood Restaurant
  • Chun Lum Ma of Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant
  • Keng Wai Ng of Vivacity Restaurant
  • Todd Bright of Wild Rice Modern Chinese Restaurant
  • William Tse, Sandbar

“The competition will surely be the highest-profiled professional Chinese chef event for the Chinese chef community in this province,” said Chef Donald Gyurkovits, CCFCC president and one of the event organizers. “I am so proud of my colleagues in the Chinese community for stepping up to this exciting challenge. I look forward to witnessing the making of Canadian culinary history!”

Over the two-day event, the chef teams will be engaged in multiple rounds of competitions with the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of competition carried out in a blackbox-style format.

 “This competition offers chefs a brilliant opportunity for both professional and personal development,” said Chief Judge Alex Chen, Canada’s representative to the Bocuse d’Or and one of Canada’s top chefs. After getting his own competition start at the BC Foodservice Expo over 10 years ago, Chef Chen is delighted to come full circle and to be judging here for 2012.

 With over 250 exhibit booths featuring new products, foods, ideas and services, the BC Foodservice Expo isBritish Columbia’s largest hospitality trade show. Industry professionals who register will join more than 5,000 attendees who travel from the Lower Mainland,FraserValley,Vancouver Islandand the Okanagan to attend two days of focused trade show, seminars and chef competitions. For detail information:

Register online and take advantage of the special advance discount – $20 off the on-site registration fee.

My first Asian-recipe cookbook – East Meets West

Stephanie Yuen









My sincere thanks to the chefs and friends who never stop to send me their encouragements and supports from day 1, and to my colleagues,  friends in the hospitality industry and readers who want to know when and how to get hold of a copy! You are the true inspiration!

Well, here is the information!

Official book title: East Meets West

Traditional and Contemporary Asian Recipes from Acclaimed Vancouver Restaurants

March, 2010 came the first email from Lucy, Senior Editor at Douglas & McIntyre inviting me to meet with her to discuss a book project. The luncheon meeting took place soon after. Yes, we agreed that it’s time for the great food cityVancouver to dedicate a cookbook to local Asian restaurants and chefs!  We agreed to meet to discuss further details upon my return from a working trip to Hong Kong andMalaysia in May.

June, 2010: Lucy and I met again and drafted out a synopsis for the book. And that, officially kicked off my 20-month long book project – the 200+ pages cookbook!

July, 2010: Embarked on a recipe-seeking journey. Many desired recipes, including regional ones were those I tasted and always enjoyed, some are signature dish, some are newly-created master pieces.

September, 2010:  Sent out verbal and/or email invitations to Asian chefs for their favourite recipes and to Western chefs for their unique Asian-themed recipes. As a matter of fact, quite a few recipes were obtained through way of stenography – chef dictated and I scripted! Love chatting with the chefs who gave me tons of cooking tips!

October, 2010: Visited restaurants and chefs to deliver the invitations in person. Though there were more than expected refusals, there’re lots of welcoming smiles and opened-arms.

November, 2010: Received the first lot of recipes and started working on the  editorial and recipe-testing.  Thank goodness, my kids and their friends, neighbours and their friends were always-ready tasters! 

The rest, as they say, is history!!

While online pre-order is already available, ‘East Meets West’ will be published April, 2012.



The Chileans are taking centre stage at the 2012 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

    Henry Yuen

          Want to change your impression on New World wines? There is  an  important event you don’t want to miss – the 2012 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival!

This year’s festival will run from February 27 to March 04.  Awaiting all levels of wine consumers and trade personnel is an exciting line up of wine dinners taking place at top notch restaurants in town; pin-pointing seminars for wine lovers to raise their wine proficiency; and fun-filled food and wine pairing functions where close encounters with the wine pros are the highlights.  And of course, the three days colossal International Festival Tasting is a must attend event for many tempting reasons. Let’s start with these numbers: 1700+ wines, 180+ wineries, 64 events, 15 countries and 25000+ attendees!

Secondly, Cabernet lovers will be thrilled to find out that a special tasting program with global emphasis on Cabernets and around 185 different Cabernets and Cabernets blends are waiting to be swirled and tasted.  The International Sommelier Guild will be there to provide guidance and share their expertise on anything Cabernet. What an awesome opportunity to not only sip some beautiful wines but to take a journey into the world of Cabernets.

This year’s themed wine country is the increasingly popular Chile, meaning that an array of outstanding Chilean products, perhaps including your favourite labels, will be on hand for everyone to try. Talking about Chilean wines, who do not have a bottle or two at home these days?  No one will argue the Chileans have done a great job in producing and marketing their wines!

Since the 16th century when the Spanish explorers discovered this land and found it to be a viticulture haven, Chile has been a grape growing region. Now, it is one of the major players in New World wines!  Both the wine production and the export volumes are on a constant rise. Chile is currently the fifth largest wine exporter in the world!  Taking centre stage at the upcoming Vancouver Internal Wine Festival is no doubt the testament to their viticulture effort and winemaking practice.  A drum roll indeed to showcase their solid progresses that make Chile one of the not-to-be missed wine regions.

Geographically, Chile has wine growing regions stretching length-wise from south to north to provide friendly appellations, great diversity and distinct characteristics. The natural mountain barriers and Mediterranean climate are ideal for practicing organic viticulture. But it is their forward thinking wine philosophy, supported by modern technology; years of experiences and most of all, the passion and their belief to be able to produce good-drinking wines! These put Chile on the global wine consumers’ map, and now, the shining star of the upcoming 2012 Vancouver International Wine Festival!

Wine drinkers who love to explore cannot afford to miss this annual food and wine extravaganza! Chile will surely provide a different perspective of what New World wines entail. For those wine drinkers who are familiar with Old World wines but willing to listen, taste and expand their wine horizon; and for anyone wishing to fine-tune their wine knowledge, get your tickets early! Go on-line at