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Judges

Amuse is an all-inclusive tasting event with a little friendly competition thrown in.  Our talented Presenters participate in the best bite, best sip and best pairing competition and vie for both People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice.

2024 Judges

Introducing our 2024 Judges!

TORI WESSZER

Tori Wesszer is Registered Dietitian, tech startup founder, food and lifestyle blogger, and cookbook co-author of “Fraiche Food, Full Hearts” and the newly released “Fraiche Food, Fuller Hearts” with cousin Jillian Harris. When she’s not cooking up a storm, you will likely find her at home sipping Okanagan wine with her husband Charles and hanging out with her two boys in her hometown Kelowna.

Her mission is simple: to inspire you and your loved ones to live healthier, happier, and more beautiful lives starting in the heart of the home – the kitchen. After all, food is love.

Tori is a true “people person,” fostering connections within her community through the Fraîche Table Meal Plan—a lifeline for busy people elevating home cooking. Whether through her engaging Instagram presence or the immersive world of her food and lifestyle blog, fraicheliving.com, Tori provides a much-needed escape for others, akin to flipping through the pages of a favourite magazine.

Tori’s here to help make life a little more beautiful, and A LOT more delicious!

AUDREY SURRAO

Meet Audrey Surrao, Co-owner of RauDZ Creative Concepts Restaurant Group, a dynamic force in the world of culinary excellence and hospitality.

Audrey’s career spans over 3 decades including Four Seasons Vancouver, Chateau Whistler & the Wickaninnish Inn before moving to Kelowna & opening Fresco with Chef Rod Butters in June 2001. This fine dining establishment quickly garnered attention, earning the prestigious AAA 4 Diamond award within an astonishingly short span of three months. Fresco was awarded BCRFA Fine Dining Restaurateur of the Year in 2003.

Audrey’s legacy is one of innovation, dedication, and an unwavering pursuit of excellence. Her journey from opening Fresco Restaurant to co-owning and shaping RauDZ Creative Concepts Restaurant Group is a testament to her profound impact on the culinary and hospitality realm. As a visionary leader, Audrey continues to redefine industry standards, leaving an indelible mark on Kelowna’s culinary scene.
Audrey was recently inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame and holds WSET 3 With Distinction Certification in Wine & Spirits.

KAYLA BORDIGNON

Kayla is a top local influencer in the Okanagan who is passionate about sharing the best of BC Wine and Food with the world.

She proudly curates BC’s only wine passport, the BC Wine Passport, that offers guests an exclusive collection of offers including complimentary tasting experiences at local wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries across British Columbia.

Kayla’s passion for wine continues to flourish, earning her a place among the top Wine Influencers in Canada.

Prior Years Judges

Lisa Kadane judging 2020 Amuse Kelowna

LISA KADANE

KENNY TAI

Amy Rosen

Chef Michael Allemeier, RSE | CCC | CMC

Elizabeth Chorney Booth

Twyla Campbell

Twyla Campbell

Website

@wanderwoman10

Cinda Chavich

Website

@tastereporter

Mark Pennington

@ChocolateMark

John Placko

John Placko

Shelly Boetccher

Shelley Boettcher

Roslyne Buchanan

Roslyne Buchanan

Leslie Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Bernard Casavant

Bernard Casavant

Dan Clapson

Dan Clapson

Past Judges

Erin Ireland

Erin Ireland

Jackie Kai Ellis

Jackie Kai Ellis

Michelle Lucas Larving

Michelle Larving

Vikram Vij

Vikram

Nikki Bayley

Nikki Bayley

Jennifer Cockrall-King

Jennifer Cockrall-King

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