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Huîtres sur un plâteau

Photo: Rush Jagoe

OUR 2016 PANEL

Since the launch of Canada’s Best New Restaurants program 15 years ago, we’ve assembled a panel of food experts – including some of Canada’s leading culinary professionals from coast to coast – to recommend the most interesting restaurant openings in their area from the past year. Based on their tips, we come up with a long list of nominated restaurants that make it onto our writer’s itinerary. Our writer has already travelled to each of the restaurants on a cross-country eating marathon, dining under a fake name. Air Canada enRoute pays for all meals.

Alison Fryer

Toronto

Professor, George Brown School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts

www.cook-book.com

Amy Rosen

Toronto

Journalist

amyrosen.com

Andrew Morrison

Vancouver

Journalist and blogger

scoutmagazine.ca

Anna Wallner & Kristina Matisic

Vancouver

TV personalities

annaandkristina.com

Barbara-Jo McIntosh

Vancouver

Cookbook store owner and cookbook author

bookstocooks.com

Bartley Kives

Winnipeg

Journalist and author

bartleykives.com

Cinda Chavich

Victoria

Journalist and blogger

tastereport.com

CJ Katz

Regina

Journalist and cookbook author

cjkatz.com

Cornel Ceapa

Saint John

Owner, sustainable aquaculture producer

acadian-sturgeon.com

Dan Clapson

Calgary

Writer and blogger

eatnorth.com

David Hawksworth

Vancouver

Chef and Air Canada’s Culinary Partner

hawksworthgroup.com

Gary Hynes

Victoria

Editor and author

eatmagazine.ca

Heidi Noble

Naramata, BC

Sommelier, executive winemaker

joiefarm.com

Ian Harrison

Montreal

Journalist

ricardocuisine.com

John Gilchrist

Calgary

Journalist

calgaryherald.com

Karl Wells

St. John's

Journalist

karlwells.com

Katerine-Lune Rollet

Montreal

Journalist and television host

katerinerollet.com

Kathy Jollimore

Halifax

Blogger

eathalifax.ca

Lesley Chesterman

Montreal

Journalist

montrealgazette.com

Margaret Swaine

Toronto

Journalist

nationalpost.ca

Marie-Claude Lortie

Montreal

Journalist and author

blogues.lapresse.ca/lortie

Mary Bailey

Edmonton

Editor

thetomato.ca

Omar Mouallem

Edmonton

Writer and editor

omarmouallem.com

Pierre Jury

Ottawa

Journalist

lapresse.ca/le-droit

Rémy Charest

Quebec City

Journalist and blogger

winecase.ca

Shelora Sheldan

Victoria

Writer, editor

cookingwithabroad.com