TORONTO, June 18, 2020 /CNW/ - After months of dining at home, Canadians hungrily anticipate revisiting their favourite eateries and discovering new culinary experiences. Adhering to individual provincial guidelines, restaurants across the nation are either back in business or preparing to reopen. To celebrate this positive turn of events, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants announces the release of their sixth annual list of the country's top dining destinations, available online today at https://canadas100best.com and on magazine newsstands on July 6th.
The annual publication led by Editor In Chief Jacob Richler is a showcase of Canada's best places to dine as selected by a team of 103 judges, including Sarah Musgrave, Mijune Pak, Elise Tastet, Pay Chen, Darren Maclean, Nathan Guggenheimer and Jessica Noēl.
"When we found ourselves in the home stretch of production for our annual ranking issue and suddenly every last one of the 100 restaurants on our new list shut down, we knew we had to embrace the sudden and challenging change. We look forward to seeing staffing numbers continue to rise and we can hardly wait to get back to eating on-site—even if it's behind a shield of Perspex, with empty tables to the left and right of us," shares Richler.
The associated reviews have been shortened to make space for updates on what restaurants are doing with takeout and pickup and any other initiatives to keep the lights on, rehire staff and keep suppliers busy. Unlike previous years, the top fifty restaurants are arranged in the magazine by region rather than ranking. The issue also includes Canada's 50 Best Bars - a comprehensive guide on where to sip and savour across the nation - with a recommended cocktail selection from each location.
BEST OF THE NEW
This year's list includes 22 new restaurants, including:
Sushi Maskai Saito, Toronto - named Best New Restaurant 2020
Ottawa - Alice
Montreal - Beba
Quebec City - Arvi
Calgary - Lulu Bar
Vancouver - Como Taperia
Outstanding Chef - Patrick Kriss
Sponsored by Nespresso
Best Farm to Table - Canoe
Sponsored by King Cole Duck
One to Watch - Rafael Covarrbias
Sponsored by S. Pellegrino
Best Sommelier - Bryant Mao
Sponsored by Mark Anthony Wines & Spirits
Best Pastry Chef - Kenta Takahashi
Sponsored by Cacao Barry
Most Innovative Chef - Daniel Hadida and Eric Robertson
Sponsored by Canada Beef
Canada's 100 Best supports Black Lives Matter and will continue to donate to the Black Solidarity Fund, in support of charities across Canada focused on the advancement of Black Canadians. Richler adds, "We are committed to working toward a more diverse and racially inclusive judging panel and editorial team and, where we can, broadening the scope of our culinary coverage."
The annual list is tabulated by professional services firm KPMG in Canada – the official adjudicator of Canada's 100 Best Restaurants – providing voting and data verification services to help ensure the ranking remains independent and accurate. The annual list is renowned for being an unbiased metric of restaurant quality in Canada and represents the consensus of the diverse, knowledgeable opinions of the judges.
SOURCE CANADA'S 100 BEST
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