The Lauriers de la gastronomie are back in full force and in excellent shape for an edition in 2022 that will celebrate the best talents of Quebec’s culinary and food culture. The 95 finalists in the 16 categories were announced Monday at an event hosted by Christian Bégin at Time Out Market Montreal.
Posted on May 2
“I’m going to ask you something that is practically impossible for you, restaurant and gastronomy people,” says Christian Bégin, opening the press conference. This impossible: silence! Especially in a room full of cooks, sommeliers, agricultural producers of all kinds who gather in such large numbers for the first time in more than two years. Recall that the Laurels took place virtually in 2021, having been canceled outright in 2020.
La Capitale stands out
In the illustrious Restaurant of the Year category, the capital is heating up the metropolis, with four selections for Quebec City (Arvi, Battuto, Le Clan, Restaurant La Légende) against five for Montreal (Beba, Candide, Mastard, Monarque, Mui Mui). The restaurant Les Faux-Bergers, in Baie-Saint-Paul, acts as the only regional representative.
The work of 10 chefs is highlighted in the prestigious “chef. to do. of the year”. There are several chefs from Montreal: Jérémie Bastien (Monarque), Luciano D’Orazio (Luciano Trattoria), Simon Mathys (Mastard), Junichi Ikematsu (Jun I), Sean Murray Smith (Floating Island) and John Winter Russell (Candide). Kim Côté (Côté Est in Kamouraska), Fisun Ercan (Bika Ferme & Cuisine in Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu), François-Emmanuel Nicol (Restaurant La Tanière in Quebec City) and Stéphane Modat (Le Clan in Quebec City) complete the list.
Opened in the fall of 2021 in Old Quebec, Le Clan is well represented this year, with its sommelier Pier-Alexis Soulière also nominated in the “sommelier” category. of the year”, alongside Lindsay Brennan (Alma), Vanya Filipovic (Vin Mon Lapin), Joris Gutierrez Garcia (Le Club Chasse et Pêche) and Guillaume Plante (Maison Boulud).
The art of the cocktail shines far beyond the island of Montreal, of which Gilbert Lemieux (H3) is the only representative in the “mixologist or bartender of the year” category. Quebec shines with three quotes: Simon Faucher (Restaurant La Tanière), Samuel Tremblay (Chez Rioux & Pettigrew), and Julien Vézina (Hono Izayaka). Claudia Doyon, from the Distillerie de la Chaufferie, in Granby, completes the selection.
A high-flying gourmet restaurant in Quebec, La Tanière also stands out for the Best Service Award with the presence of Roxan Bourdelais. Élyse Garand (Norwegians), Pierre Jullien (Graziella), Perle Morency (Côté Est) and William Saulnier (Beau Temps) complete this category.
The category “revelation. s of the year” provides an overview of people who have made their mark in the world of Quebec gastronomy with new projects and initiatives. For the 2022 edition, Louie Deliglianis and Renée Deschesnes (La Franquette), Matthew Shefler and Vincent Lévesque Lepage (Knuckles Cantine & Vins), Harrison Swewchuk and Darcy Gervais-Wood (Salle Climatisée), all in Montreal, will also be next door each other as Dominic Labelle for the country table Parcelles in Austin, and Emmy Plante with the Mexican bar Maria Maria in Chicoutimi.
Honored Craftsmen and Producers
The Laurels also highlight the work of bakers, confectioners, brewers, winegrowers, producers and artisans from all over Quebec.
Victor Maupoux (Place Carmin), Gabrielle Rivard-Hiller (La Cabane sur le roc), Gaël Vidricaire (Gaël Vidricaire pastry), Lisa Yu (Monarque) and Chloé Migneault-Levacalier (Lecavalier Petrone) are finalists in the “chef” category. pastry chef. e of the year”.
Lecavalier Petrone, a fine creative chocolatier from Montreal, was also named in the “artisan” category. e. s of the year” with veteran Anicet Desrochers (Miels D’Anicet), Chloé Gervais-Fredette (Les Chocolats de Chloé), Pascal Hudon (Pascal le boucher) and Carl Pelletier (Couleur Chocolat).
For the category “baker. s of the year”, Fabien Demandolx (Racines boulangerie fermière, L’Isle-Verte) and Charles Létang (Du pain… C’est tout!, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies) take on Montrealers Thea Bryson ( Miette Boulangerie) , Jeffrey Finkelstein (Hof Kelsten) and regulars Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy (Automne Boulangerie), for whom this is the third selection in this category.
For the category highlighting the work of brewers, vintners or beverage producers, there are companies from all over Quebec: Domaine du Nival (Saint-Louis), Menaud (Clermont), Lieux Communs (Oka), Vignoble de la Bauge (Brigham) and Cidrerie Chemin des Septs (Saint-Jean-Baptiste).
The work of Christian Lefebvre and Carole Marcoux (Le Porc de Beaurivage), David Robert (La Jardinière), Alexandre Faille (Chez Muffy), Mathieu Roy and Catherine Baltazar (La Récolte de la Rouge), as well as Louis-Charles and John-William Faille (La Ferme aux Mille Cailloux) is recognized in the “producer” category. three times. of the year”.
The Gastronomy Tourism Award highlights companies that promote their region. This year, Bleuetière Marland (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce), Fromagerie Le Détour (Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac), Gourmet Sauvage (Mont-Blanc), Hydromel Charlevoix (Baie-Saint-Paul) and vineyard Le Ruisseau, in Dunham.
Chasse-Marée, La Transformerie, Les Filles Fattoush, Manger Notre Saint-Laurent and Sel Saint Laurent are the finalists in the Business or Initiative of the Year category, while Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences, Kamouraska Forest Mushroom Festival, Les First Fridays, Montréal en lumière and MYCO: Forest gastronomy rendezvous are nominated for the event of the year.
Host of the Lauriers de la gastronomie québécoise since its very first edition in 2018, Christian Bégin has been nominated again for the Prize for the Influence of Culinary Culture, alongside chefs Normand Laprise and Stéphane Modat, of the magazine caribou and the Mordu platform.
From the brigade to the gala
It is the Brigade des Lauriers, made up of more than 5,000 industry professionals, who vote each year to determine the finalists and winners. To this vote, which counts for 50% of the final result, that of the jury is added. This year it is chaired by Chef Marc-André Jetté and brings together Anita Feng, Alexandre Taillefer, Lesley Chesterman, Paul Toussaint, Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, Sophie Allaire and Colombe St-Pierre. Note that the judges are withdrawing their establishments from the race.
The only category that escapes this rule, that of the Audience Award. Also this year, the public can vote for their favorite personality among Bob le Chef, Soeur Angèle, Stefano Faita, Josée di Stasio, Normand Laprise, Marilou, Martin Picard, Colombe St-Pierre, Daniel Vézina and Ricardo, the undisputed king of this category , which has won this award in the last three editions.
The winners will be announced at the gala, which will resume face-to-face for the first time in two years and will take place on June 20 at the Center des sciences de Montréal. “We’re keeping it as affordable as possible, with tickets for $95. It includes a meal, drinks and a show. It seems worth it! says Christine Plante, founder of the Lauriers.
The event is not just an awards ceremony, it is also presented as a great feast of gastronomy. A true celebration, guests will be able to taste the collective work of former winners of the competition, including Stéphane Modat, Anita Feng, Marc-André Jetté, Antonin Mousseau-Rivard and Benjamin Oddo. Wine and cocktail aficionados will not miss out on a menu jointly signed by Véronique Dalle (Foxy), Sophie Allaire (La Belle Histoire) and Kate Boushel (Atwater Cocktail Club). Tickets are on sale today.