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To judge work from the city's best makers, we'll be turning to Vancouver experts. 

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Head Beauty Judge

Janine Verreault

Janine Verreault is the editor-in-chief of BCLiving and Simply Beautiful Living magazine as well as the brand manager for the lifestyle subscription box, Simply Beautiful, and the new indie beauty brand, Evalina Beauty. Janine has the privilege of testing beauty products on a regular basis for the Simply Beautiful subscription box as well as for Evalina, and enjoys being a champion of independent Canadian beauty brands. Janine lives in Vancouver with her husband and daughter and can most often be found strolling the Seawall.

 

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Head Beer Judge

Rebecca Whyman

A craft beer evangelist for over 10 years, Rebecca has been a guest beer judge for competitions such as the BC Beer Awards and Okanagan Fest of Ale. You may have heard her waxing poetic on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast during her five-year stint as their beer columnist. You can also find Rebecca’s deep thoughts about craft beer in The Growler BC.

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Head Spirits and Zero-Proof Judge

Katie Ingram

Over the past ten years, Katie Ingram has devoted her energy, skill and creativity to the food and beverage industry. Ingram’s past endeavour as the Lead Bartender at downtown Vancouver’s UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, and Bar Manager at both L’Abattoir and their sister restaurant Coquille Fine Seafood, has helped pave the way for countless competition wins, educational trips, and now in her role as the Bar Manager at Toptable Group’s Elisa. Ingram’s young career has been met with wonderful opportunities, and includes award-winning cocktails and performances at Jameson’s Barrelman Challenge (2015) and Knob Creek’s Whiskey Cup (2016) and a Top 5 National Finalist for Diageo’s World Class Canada (2019).  

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Head Homes Judge 

Ben Leavitt

Creative director of PlaidFox Studio and winner of the 2019 Western Living Home of the Year, Ben Leavitt graduated from Emily Carr University and began his career in product design working throughout Asia. As product designer and later creative director, Ben designed dozens of lines for major retail stores throughout the U.S and Canada with his unique more is more eclectic style.  After nearly nine years of designing home décor, in 2014 Leavitt created PlaidFox Studio, a full-service design firm located in Gastown Vancouver with its second studio opening this spring. 

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Head Wildcard Judge

John Welk

John Welk is a chemist turned retailer that thought he was going to be a musician. Today, he is the owner of Welk's General Store, which provides with Vancouverites with an artfully curated selection of homewares, gadgets and gifts. 

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Head Fashion Judge

Kildare Curtis

The son of a grocer and an artist, Kildare Curtis was raised in various small towns and outposts in the Canadian arctic and prairies.

His Father’s talent for creating elaborate produce displays and his Mother’s painting and textile work informed Kildare’s love of design at an early age. His four older sibling’s hand-me-down clothes and winter nights spent at the library watching old movies probably helped as well. 

After a move to the West Coast, and many years as a dealer in vintage clothing, Kildare founded Eugene Choo Clothing in 2000.

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Head Food Judge

Angus An

Chef Angus An is one of Vancouver’s most influential chef-restaurateurs, with six restaurants and eateries comprising his restaurant family: Fat Mao Noodles, Freebird Chicken Shack, Longtail Kitchen, Maenam, Popina Canteen, and Sen Pad Thai.

Chef Angus’s flagship restaurant, Maenam, has received many local and international accolades, among them 2016 Restaurant of the Year (Vancouver magazine), 2018’s Top 25 Restaurants in Canada (En Route magazine), and has been named one of Zagat’s Top 200 restaurants in the world. Chef Angus has also twice been invited to cook at a prestigious culinary showcase at James Beard House.