Announcing our winners for the 2019 Eat North Rising Awards

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After some slight delays, we are very pleased to announce our winners for 2019 Eat North Rising Awards, a writing scholarship competition for emerging Canadian writers! This year, we received an influx of submissions for the Foodservice category of the awards. As a result, we have decided to select one winner only in both the Culinary Fictional Short Story and Agricultural Production categories to allow for one winner and three runners-up in the Foodservice category.

The six winning writers, as determined by our editorial staff, hail from across the country and were selected for their interesting approach to food writing. Whether it was a personal story of growing up in the grocery industry or a beautifully described experience at a restaurant in Quebec, each story had its own unique voice and stood out from the rest of the pack.

All six winning pieces will be published on our site beginning next week and, without further ado, here are our 2019 winners!


Culinary Fictional Short Story, presented by Google

Winner: Emma Small, Feeding The Soul, MacEwan University (Edmonton)


Agricultural Production, presented by JOEY Restaurants

Winner: Geralyn Wichers, Pioneer Canola, Red River College (Winnipeg)


Foodservice, presented by JOEY Restaurants

Winner: Stéphanie Boisvert, Drifting Away, Laval University (Quebec City)

Runner-up (tied): Jennie Vallangca, Military Cook, Niagara College (Niagara-on-the-Lake)  

Randeep Mandar, Growing Up Groceries, Ryerson University (Toronto)

Alicia Van Hyfte, Patio Pursuits, University of Calgary (Calgary)


We'd like to thank our Rising Awards partners: JOEY Restaurants, Google Canada and Appetite By Random House for helping us provide great prize packs to our first place winners and runner-ups this year!