Wine & Dining Journalist Tim Pawsey: the Hired Belly


Wine & Dining with Hired Belly

The Hired Belly (aka Tim Pawsey) has been covering the wine & dining scene for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming wine and dining culture of British Columbia, Canada.

Tim’s hallmark is seeking out value wines from BC and around the world. He seeks out quality at every level. He also scopes out noteworthy dining. He revels in restaurants that live up to their promises or over deliver.  Readers depend on him for his “Belly’s Best” and “Belly’s Budget Best” wine & dining picks. They also rely on his wine columns to find the right wine for the occasion.

Wine & Dining Experience

Tim writes, tweets and shoots his own images for wine & dining columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications. They include Taste magazineTidings Magazine, and  Montecristo. His wine & dining columns are often picked up by major newspapers across Canada.

Tim is a frequent judge for wine competitions, such as Vancouver Magazine International Wine Awards. He is a founding judge of The BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Wine. He is regularly invited to judge at The BC Wine Awards, and others.

Tim has traveled to explore wine & dining in many of the world’s leading wine regions. These include, most recently, regions in France, Spain, Argentina and Chile.

Honours, Awards and Community

In 2012, Tim was honoured to be inducted as a “Friend of the Industry” into the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association Hall of Fame. He is a founding member and a director of the British Columbia Hospitality Industry Foundation. The foundation offers financial assistance, “hope, inspiration and opportunity” to those whose livelihoods depend on BC’s hospitality industry.