It is an institution in Quebec, Batuto, that was crowned Restaurant of the Year at the end of a festive gala hosted by Christian Beguin at Windsor Station, on Monday evening, to present the Lauriers de la gastronomie québécoise Awards.
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The entire restaurant industry has come together in the bright Salle des Pas perdus in Windsor Station for this fourth edition of the event founded by Christine Plante. The gala, which Christian Bigen has repeatedly hosted, rewarded winners in 16 categories.
Batuto won the prestigious Restaurant of the Year award. A Quebec restaurant has reached the finals in every edition of Laurier’s, and it’s finally its turn to win the award. Undoubtedly, it would be more difficult to find a place in the small Italian-inspired restaurant, but the terrace is unreservedly, we hear.
Simon Mathys, who opened Mastard Restaurant in the midst of a pandemic in 2020, has won the capture of the jury and jury, chaired this year by Marc-André Jetté, with his exquisite cuisine. The new chef of the year, who looked in shock but very happy, had nothing but praise to say to his highly talented team, without which none of this would have been possible.
The race in the Revelation of the Year category was high for this edition, with Montreal restaurants Knuckles, La Franquette, Salle Climatisée and Chef Emmy Plante (a participant in the… The bosses!). In the end, it was chef and farmer Dominique Labelle who featured this rustic table project in Parcelles.
Here’s another duo that made it to the finals in all editions of the Lauriers without ever winning the Baker of the Year: Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy were rightly honored for their work at Autumn Bakery. “We felt it was our turn! We are especially happy for our team, which has really stood out this year,” notes Julian Roy.
The exquisite creations of pastry chef and chocolatier Chloé Migneault-Lecavalier from Lecavalier Petrone were good, and the company also reached the final stage in the Artisa category. Not. She is of the year. “I am very happy, it has affected me so much,” said Pastry Chef of the Year, whose business has exploded during the pandemic.
It’s also another chocolatier, Chloé Gervais-Fredette who stood out in this category with her company Les Chocolats de Chloé, where she was already a finalist in 2019. A very good tribute to someone who’s been rolling for a long time: she opened her little shop in Duluth in 2003. “I had no idea of greatness! For me, what is important is my small team, maintaining quality and human relations!”
As for Producer of the Year, Porc de Beaurivage, a finalist for the second time in this category, won the highest honors.
Also last year, Claudia Doyon, of the Distillerie de la Chauderie in Granby, won the Mixologist or Bartender of the Year award. “This wave of love is showing me that we’re on the right track in Quebec. All those chefs who worked in the North have set the framework, we’re raising the walls!”
Pierre Alexis Sollier, Best Sommelier in the Americas in 2018, Le Clan’s Sommelier by Stéphane Modat, was named Sommelier of the Year. In the Producer of Beverage category of the year, the prestigious Menod distillery in Claremont won the prestigious award.
Pierre Julien, of Graziella Restaurant, won the award for best service. And it was L’Express, founded in 1980, that received the Tribute Award. “We are theatrical, it all started with a script. Yes, it is a European bistro, but we have always been Montreal,” summed up one of the founders, Pierre Villeneuve.
Quebec on the plate
Collecting wild produce is more popular than ever in Quebec, no doubt thanks to the massive contribution of Gourmet Sauvage in Mont Blanc. The latter won the Taste Tourism Award, which Ariane Barry Le Gall dedicated to her father, Gerard Le Gall, who founded the company 30 years ago and paved the way for the wild food industry.
caribou Received the Culinary Culture Awareness Award. The medium has been able to do well since the first version was launched in October 2014. “We were really well received by the industry, which was the first to believe in it. caribou ”, reacted by Genevieve Vizina Montplaisir, one of the founders.
Founded by Adelle Tarzibachi in 2017 to provide a job opportunity for newly arrived Syrian women, Les Filles Fattoush won the Business of the Year award.
Cuisine, Cinema and Confidence, a hybrid event held in Charlevoix every fall, was named Event of the Year.
Should Public Laurel be renamed “Laurier de Ricardo”? Yes, the celebrity chef once again won this award, an undisputed reign since the first edition of Lauriers, in 2018.
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