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The Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards celebrate leaders in culinary tourism development.

Every year, the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards are judged by a nominated panel of esteemed judges. Candidates are pulled from industry, media and destination organizations. So, without further ado, a big warm round of applause for our 2015 panel of judges!




Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

Rod Charles  @RodAlCharles

 Rod is an entrepreneur with a passion for travel, adventure and good food. He’s worked for as an online editor and has ghost-written blogs for several elite athletes, including former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Curtis Joseph, and former Toronto Raptors forward Jerome Williams. He’s worked as the travel editor at AOL / Huffington PostCanada and his travel articles have been published in the Toronto Star. Rod is a managing partner of, Canada’s leading online publication focused solely on Canadian culture and destinations. Along with his leadership role in business development, he is also’s Deputy Editor and Director of Communications.

IMG_3989Stephanie Dickison  @SDickison

Stephanie Dickison has served as Dine.TO’s first restaurant critic, Metro Newspaper’s Toronto Edition only restaurant critic, as well as Dinner Guest columnist for NYC’s Poetry of Food, and hundreds of other publications and outlets. About a third of her book, The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy About Writing & Working from Home, contains juicy stories about restaurants.

For decades, she has been the go-to person for celebrity interviews. She has interviewed singer/songwriters, actors, authors, top chefs and many others.


Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison 


Joel and Dana created in 2008. The site has more than 1,800 articles on preserving, local food, small farming, food security, sustainability, food politics, hunting and more than 700 recipes. Dana has been a graphic designer for 20 years and focuses on the look and feel of a project. Joel is a lifelong home cook who writes and speaks on their shared passions. Their first cookbook is being released spring 2016 published by Appetite by Random House.

1391817307-Anne DesBrisayAnne DesBrisay


Anne DesBrisay is an Ottawa-based author, food writer, and culinary judge. For twenty years, she was the Ottawa Citizen’s restaurant critic, and now writes about the National Capital Region’s fine food and restaurant scene for Ottawa Magazine, Harry, MacLeans, among others. Anne is senior editor for Taste & Travel Magazine and the author of Capital Dining, her trio of guide books to the best places to eat. Anne is a food judge for Gold Medal Plates and the Canadian Culinary Championships. Her latest book, Ottawa Cooks, will be published in the fall of 2016.  

To learn more, contact Agatha Podgorski at 416-644-3601.

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