At Colour Your Palate, the chefs compete against each other for “Best Tasting Canapé”, “Most Creative Colour/Food Inspiration” and the “People’s Choice” awards.
The Colour Your Palate 2017 judging panel
Gary Hynes – Gary is a former sommelier, chef, sound engineer, bass player and innkeeper who traded the bright lights to found and edit EAT Magazine. He lives and eats in Victoria, BC with his wife Cynthia, son Colin and dog Sam. When not out delivering magazines he can be seen hunkered down in front of his trusty MacBook. He also produced and edited the book Island Wineries of British Columbia and authored the cookbook The Cooper’s Inn Cookbook.
Denise Marchessault – Denise is a cooking instructor and author of British Columbia From Scratch. A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, Denise is the recipient of the Grand Diplôme, a designation that signifies classical training in both pastry and culinary disciplines. A contributing writer for EAT Magazine, Denise shares her passion for food with articles and recipes for the magazine’s Master Cooking Class series.
Eric Akis — A chef and food writer, Eric is the best-selling author of the Everyone Can Cook series of cookbooks. Hi twice-weekly, recipe-rich, popular food columns are published in the Times Colonist.
At the event, the judging panel will sample the canapés first and judge for the first two awards, and then ticket holders will sample and vote for their favourite.
- 2016 judging panel: Gary Hynes, Denise Marchessault, and David Mincey
- 2015 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Denise Marchessault
- 2014 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Denise Marchessault
- 2013 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Karri Heywood-Smith
- 2012 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Denise Marchessault
- 2011 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Denise Marchessault
- 2010 judging panel: Eric Akis, Gary Hynes and Denise Marchessault
- 2009 judging panel: Eric Akis, Denise Marchessault and Kathy McAree
- 2008 judging panel: Gary Hynes, Mara Jernigan and Elizabeth Levinson