23rd Annual Golden Plates Award Winners revealed by The Georgia Straight

Highly coveted list reveals Vancouver’s top bars, restaurants and chefs as chosen by the readers

TORONTO, March 12, 2020– Vancouver Free Press Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Central Corporation (“MediaCentral”) (CSE:FLYY, FSE:3AT), today released the widely read Golden Plates issue of Georgia Straight (the “Straight”), celebrating the crème de la crème from Vancouver’s culinary scene.

Now in its 23rd consecutive year, The Golden Plates 2020 is the ultimate guide to Vancouver’s restaurant and bar scene, as determined by reader votes. This year’s awards have been sponsored by the 18th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which took place from January 17 to February 2 and brought together more than 300 of the best food and drink experiences within Metro Vancouver’s vibrant scene.

“This is Vancouver’s ultimate guide to the city’s culinary scene. Searching through all the suggestions on the internet can be daunting, so the Straight makes it easier. All winners will live on straight.com for future reference, whether you’re a local looking for fresh food ideas or if you’re visiting Vancouver and need to navigate the numerous choices our city has to offer,” said Charlie Smith, Editor. “On top of the  guide, this issue is full of articles from how the Vancouver hotel restaurant scene has evolved over the years to be some of the best places to eat, to a piece about the industry’s chef of the year and how women bartenders, such as Sabrine Dhaliwal of Juke Fried Chicken and Katie Ingram of L’abbatoir, are at the forefront of mixology in the city.”

Championing the diversity within Vancouver, The Golden Plates include a plethora of food types, from “Best Mexican” to “Best Lebanese”. Voters also selected the best places to eat in the various geographic areas of the city, including Chinatown, Gastown, South Granville and Yaletown.

Additionally, there are more specific categories from “Best Desserts” and “Best Juice Bar” through to “Best Pizzeria”. Vancouverites also weighed in on the “Best Restaurant for Watching the Game”, “Best Pre-Game Restaurant” and “Best Eatery with Live Music”.

As well as picking local foodies’ brains for their top choices in the city, the Straight also surveyed chefs and restaurant managers for their picks.

The Golden Plate 2020 winners include:

  • Readers’ Choice for Best Chef: David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant
  • Best Hotel Restaurant: Hawksworth Restaurant
  • Best Fine Dining: Hawksworth Restaurant
  • Industry Experts’ Choice for Best Chef: Roger Ma of Boulevard
  • Best Overall Restaurant: Chambar Restaurant
  • Best New Restaurant: Como Taperia
  • Best Bartender: JS Dupuis of Tableau Bar Bistro

Established as the news, lifestyle, and entertainment weekly in Vancouver for 50 years, the Georgia Straight is an integral part of the active urban West Coast lifestyle and reaches over 816,000 weekly readers across print and online. The complete list of Golden Plate winners can be found at straight.com.


About Vancouver Free Press Corp.,

Vancouver Free Press Corp., owns and operates Georgia Straight and straight.com. Established in 1967 as the news, lifestyle, and entertainment weekly in Vancouver, for 50 years Georgia Straight has been an integral part of the active urban West Coast lifestyle. Reaching over 56 million annual readers, every Thursday in print, and every day at straight.com, Georgia Straight delivers an award-winning editorial package of features, articles, and reviews. Regular coverage includes news, tech, arts, music, fashion, travel, health, cannabis, and food, plus Vancouver’s most comprehensive listings of entertainment activities and special events. Vancouver Free Press Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Central Corporation Inc. (CSE: FLYY, FSE: 3AT).
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About Media Central Corporation Inc.

Media Central Corporation Inc. (CSE: FLYY, FSE: 3AT) is an alternative media company situated to acquire and develop high-quality publishing assets starting with the recent acquisition of Vancouver Free Press Corp., the purchase of NOW Communications Inc. and the launch of digital cannabis platform CannCentral.com. MediaCentral is consolidating and digitally monetizing the over 100 million coveted and premium consumers of the approximately 100 alternative urban publications across North America, creating the most powerful audience of influencers.
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