The 2016 Best Restaurants Judges

Our judges are some of the foremost eaters in the city, dining out several times a week, all year long, year after year, typically on their own dime. Their evaluations are based on quality, originality and presentation as well as service, ambiance, value (different than price) and overall impression.


Rosemary Bacovsky

Rosemary Bacovsky seeks delicious food experiences in Calgary and around the world on culinary tours, at food festivals and on road trips in Europe, India, Mexico, Africa and Asia. She has dined at a majority of the restaurants on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. She supports her food passions through her work as a consultant-pharmacist.

Dan Clapson

Dan Clapson’s four cornerstones are cooking, eating, learning and writing. He travels across the country discovering what makes Canada’s food scene great. He writes for many media sources including The Globe and Mail, Avenue, Food Network Canada, Culinaire and Watch him on Global TV Calgary as its restaurant correspondent and hear him every Friday on 660News radio.

John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist writes about restaurants for the Calgary Herald and reviews restaurants for CBC Radio in Calgary. He has authored 11 national best-selling books and produced three apps on dining in southern Alberta, contributes regularly to many magazines, is the Calgary judge for the Canadian Culinary Championships and is a member of S.Pellegrino’s World’s Top Restaurants judging panel.

Gabriel Hall

Gabriel Hall is a freelance food writer and photographer focused on culinary culture in Asia and North America. Respected for his knowledge of food history and culinary techniques, he has covered international chef events such as Cook It Raw, occasionally hosts the VISA Infinite dining series and works closely with Calgary’s chef community to promote the local dining scene.

Gwendolyn Richards

Gwendolyn Richards is the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers and the former food writer for the Calgary Herald, where she delved into food trends, reviewed cookbooks and shared recipes. When she’s not writing, she’s often eating out, preferably while wearing a pretty vintage-style dress and patent shoes.

Vincci Tsui

Vincci Tsui is a registered dietitian, food writer and former food blogger who is out to prove that dietitians eat more than boiled chicken and brown rice. She loves bold flavours, all Asian cuisines and makes a mean fried rice.

Julie Van Rosendaal

Julie Van Rosendaal has authored seven best-selling cookbooks with an eighth out this year. She’s one of the new Best of Bridge cookbook ladies, she’s the food columnist for the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio, and she has a popular food blog,

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