Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards Honour Culinary Excellence and Innovation

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The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards is a celebration of excellence to honour producers and restaurants that provide exceptional culinary products and experiences.

2011 Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Winners
The winners represent innovation and expertise in our industry…they are committed to improving business and promoting culinary excellence in Nova Scotia,” says Janice Ruddock, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia.

The Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards is a celebration of excellence to honour producers and restaurants that provide exceptional culinary products and experiences. Winners, from over 900 nominations, were announced during the annual Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia’s (TIANS) Tourism Summit on November 29, 2011.

“We offer authentic culinary experiences in Nova Scotia,” says Janice Ruddock, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “We have access to an abundance and variety of fresh, local ingredients, but it is the genuine passion from our people, the fishermen, the farmers, the chefs and the winemakers, that set us apart from other regions...every one of our Prestige Award recipients has a distinct pride of place and exuberant passion for what they do.”

The 2011Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards were presented in the following categories:

Innovative Product of the Year - Lavender Syrup, Sledding Hill, Bear River

Restaurant of the Year (Chef Inspired Fine Dining) - Fleur de Sel, Lunenburg

Restaurant of the Year (Chef Inspired Casual Dining) - Charlotte Lane Café, Shelburne

Restaurant of the Year (Essence of Nova Scotia) - The Red Shoe Pub, Mabou

Producer of the Year - Meadowbrook Meat Market, Berwick

Server of the Year - Simone Mombourquette, Trattoria della Nonna, Lunenburg

Consumer Choice Product of the Year - Pumpkin Muffins, Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Mahone Bay

Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador of the Year - Chef Alain Bossé, Alain Bossé Consulting

“The winners represent innovation and expertise in our industry…they are committed to improving business and promoting culinary excellence in Nova Scotia,” says Ruddock. “With over 900 nominations it is clear to see consumer favourites and that consumers care about where their food comes from, who prepares it and the importance of supporting local businesses.”

Nominations for the Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Awards were received from Taste of Nova Scotia members and the public. The nominations were brought to a judges’ panel and then approved by the Taste of Nova Scotia Board of Directors. For more information about Taste of Nova Scotia and its members visit http://www.tasteofnovascotia.com.

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About Taste of Nova Scotia
Taste of Nova Scotia is a unique, province-wide marketing program, whose members are committed to offering the very best culinary experiences and products that Nova Scotia has to offer. The Taste of Nova Scotia membership base includes more than 140 quality food producers and processors, as well as a collection of the best restaurants in the province. http://www.tasteofnovascotia.com

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