The Tomato Food & Drink Kitchen Design Awards 2017 entry guidelines

TKDA 2017 is closed. Look for the winning kitchens in the July issue of The Tomato.


For two decades The Tomato food & drink has explored Edmonton’s food culture — our chefs, home cooks, farmers, food producers and restaurants. Regardless of trends and new developments, one thing remains the same— the kitchen is still the heart of the home.

We wanted to find a meaningful way to celebrate our kitchens and to search out the best design and function in residential, commercial and institutional settings. What did we come up with?

Submissions Open March 23, 2017
Submissions Deadline Wednesday May 19, 2017
Finalists will be notified by June 2, 2017
Winners will be featured in the July/August issue of The Tomato and online at and in all press releases and materials related to the TKDA.

The Tomato Kitchen Design Awards (TKDA)

Designers, architects, builders, developers, individuals, restaurant owners, institutions, families and contractors are invited to submit their completed kitchen designs in several categories, along with special awards for the green, tech-savvy, and outdoor kitchen for the inaugural Tomato Kitchen Design Awards (TKDA).

Proud of the kitchen you did yourself? We want to see it! The DIY category is for the home handyman/woman non-professional.


  • Entries must be submitted and received via the online entry system by 12 midnight MST by Friday, May 19, 2017.
  • All images must be jpg format, minimum 300dpi resolution and no larger than 8.5 x 11 print size.
  • Project descriptions and images must NOT contain the name or logo of the designer, architect, firm, company, client or manufacturer.


  • Architects and designers, architectural firms, design firms, builders, developers, clients and manufacturers.
  • The DIY category is open to non-professionals only.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2016.

Judging Criteria

Winners will need to be more than pretty. We are looking for kitchens that work — highly functional spaces that utilize every square inch, creating a functional cooking machine. We are also looking for design and construction that moves the conversation forward — towards a more design and environmentally conscious world.

  • Is the design visually and intellectually stimulating?
  • Are the materials used sustainable, found, recyclable or recycled?
  • Does the design help the user become more environmentally conscious?
  • Is the design attractive, witty and delightful?

The judges are paying special attention to:

  • The Green Kitchen: The best use of sustainable technologies, materials and finishes.
  • The Techno-Phobe Kitchen: The stripped-down elemental kitchen; think one good knife and a hibachi.
  • Tech-Savvy Kitchen: All the newest bells and whistles.
  • The Outdoor Kitchen: Does your back yard celebrate cooking and entertaining outdoors?


New Build

  1. Residential
    • Single family or multi-unit under $300,000 (total cost of project)
    • Single family or multi-unit over $300,000 (total cost of project)
  2. Commercial
    • Restaurant under 1,000 square metres (total cost of project)
    • Restaurant over 1,000 square metres (total cost of project)
  3. Institutional
    • Hospital, seniors homes etc
  4. Outdoor Kitchen
    • Best use of space and equipment
Renovation or Addition

  1. Residential
    • Single family or multi-unit under $300,000
    • Single family or multi-unit over $300,000
  2. Single family DIY kitchen
  3. Commercial
    • Restaurant under 1,000 square metres
    • Restaurant over 1,000 square metres
  4. Institutional
    • Hospital, seniors homes etc
  5. Outdoor Kitchen
    • Best use of space and equipment

General Terms and Conditions

  • All information and requested materials must be provided or the submission will be disqualified without notice.
  • Works are excluded from the competition if their presentation would infringe a right. The entrant authorizes BGP Publishing to publish the submission in the print edition of the Tomato Magazine, the, and any websites affiliated with The Tomato Kitchen Design Awards Competition.
  • The submission may be reproduced, in whole or in part, for editorial and promotional purposes. Submissions become the property of the Tomato.


Halliwell-DarrellDarrel Halliwell
Darrell Halliwell is an architect and managing principal for DIALOG’s Edmonton Studio, with over 150 team members in the Edmonton region. He is a member of the firm’s leadership team, responsible for strategic direction and management of the firm across Canada. He brings a wide range of architectural experience in Alberta, BC, Ontario, and the Territories. His focus is to ensure success with his thorough knowledge of the project and effective team management. It is an approach that has garnered international recognition for the firm’s outstanding contributions to the public realm and the design of cities.
george1George Ilagen
George Ilagen, a partner at Hasting Illgen Design, is an architect by inclination (he drew from the time he could hold a pencil) and training (Beaux-Arts Method, University of Santo Tomas, BS. Arch Class of 1976.) Hastings Ilagen focuses its practice on the design of custom residences and interiors. In this context, George has designed a myriad of kitchens, ranging from the simple to the sublime, all the while reciting the mantra — first, function!
GLilgeGeoff Lilge
Geoffrey Lilge is a Canadian designer and the design director for kitchenware manufacturer OurTable. His design work has been published in The New York Times, Wallpaper,* Azure and most recently on the cover of Food + Wine magazine. OnOurTable will launch Lilge’s ambitious new Kitchen Work Table System in the spring of 2014.
WolskiMicheleMichele Roach
Michele Roach, principal and co-owner of Wolski Design Group – one of Edmonton’s top interior design firms – is a minimalist-design pioneer, animal print enthusiast and selfproclaimed “creative problem solver with a soft spot for logistical nightmares”. Michele is passionate about the future of interior design and actively champions rising talent in the province. She is Chair of the NAIT Interior Design Advisory Board Committee, Director for Alberta for the Interior Designers of Canada among numerous other volunteer positions within the industry. Michele is known for her ability to create spaces that are simply modern yet timeless.
KarenKaren Visser
Karen Visser is the owner and chief designer of Bella Casa Design Centre. Her background is business and marketing; her passion is creating comfortable, yet functional environments, especially well-designed residential kitchens. While marketing shopping centres, Karen followed her passion and studied in the University of Alberta’s Residential Interiors program. Operating Bella Casa allows Karen to share her love of fine accessories from around the world with her clients. As a born and raised Edmontonian, Karen is proud to be part of the Tomato’s Kitchen Design Awards.

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