Friend of the Industry : Sid Cross

"Sid Cross is globally respected for his extensive knowledge of wine and food, his tasting ability and his memory. He has travelled extensively in pursuit of his passion for wine and food including dining at many restaurants around the world. First as a lawyer and lately as an active wine and food media person Sid has tirelessly worked as a friend of both restaurateurs and chefs operating in BC dealing with bureaucracy and helping to improve their operations. He is Wines Committee Chair for the world organization of The International Wine & Food Society ( headquartered in London England.

He is a frequent wine judge, panelist and entertaining educator on wine and food. These include among others The Canadian Wine Awards, Lieutenant- Governor Awards For Excellence, Steamboat Springs Colorado Wine Festival, Vancouver Magazine Wine Competition, International Value Wine Awards, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Whistler's Cornucopia, Best of BC for the BCLDB, and the Vino Awards.

He is wine and food guru for Western Living Magazine and contributes to several other wine and food publications. Co-founder and advisor to The Chefs' Table Society of British Columbia ( he is in demand as a culinary judge including the Olympic Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver, the Canadian Culinary Championships, and Oeanwise's BC Sustainable Seafood Chowder Competition. Sid is the only Canadian to be inducted as a Membre d'Honneur of the L'Academie du vin de Bordeaux ( and be awarded The Gourmet of the Year by The Society of Bacchus America ('for outstanding knowledge of food and wines and for imparting this knowledge to others').

He has been promoted by the French Government from Chevalier to Officer status in the prestigious Ordre du Merite Agricole.

Also passionate about Italy's slow food movement and diverse wine selection he is a past director of and wine advisor to ICCBC (Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada). Sid using his legal background has recorded detailed notes of his comprehensive tasting experiences over the years in his chronological black book diaries providing one of the most extensive historical wine and food information collections of its kind in the world. He is an instrumental force in many charitible fund raising events involving wine and food."

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Introduction movie shown during the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Gala, March 2009.

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