Canada cracked the top 100, and for the first time in the six-year history of the awards, two Canadian restaurants made the list, those being Rouge in Calgary (#60), and Langdon Hall in Cambridge (#77), which doesn't surprise me seeing as I've tasted Chef Jonathan Gushue's incredible cooking at several events. I just haven't made it to Langdon Hall yet.
Bottom line: None of my picks made the list. (What do they have against Harvey's?)
Seriously, I think it's crazy that Canada doesn't have any restaurants in the top 10, or even top 50 for that matter, and so does Steve Dolinsky, a food reporter on ABC 7 News in
Chicago, who helps organize the North American judges, and recently had a great time eating his way through Toronto and Montreal. He sent me a note today saying, "Well, at least [there are] two Canadian places in the top 100 this year; certainly an improvement. I’m going to recruit at least 12-15 Canadian judges for next year out of the 30, so start brainstorming."