The Lauriers reveal their finalists

The Lauriers de la gastronomie are back in full force and in great shape for a 2022 edition, where the best talents from Quebec’s culinary and gastronomic scene will be celebrated. The 95 finalists in the 16 categories were announced on Monday at an event hosted by Christian Bégin at Time Out Market Montreal.

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“I’m going to ask you something that is practically impossible for you, from the restaurant and gastronomy”, says Christian Bégin, to open the press conference. That impossible thing: silence! Especially in a room full of chefs, sommeliers, agricultural producers of all kinds who come together for the first time in such large numbers in more than two years. Remember that in 2021, the Laurels took place virtually, after being canceled in 2020.

La Capitale stands out

In the illustrious Restaurant of the Year category, the capital heats 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). Les Faux-Bergers restaurant in Baie-Saint-Paul acts as the only regional representative.

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Junichi Ikematsu of renowned restaurant Jun I is a Lauriers finalist.

The work of 10 chefs is featured in the prestigious “chef.fe.s of the year” category. There are several chefs in 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.

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Le Clan restaurant is found in three categories: restaurant, chef and sommelier of the year.

Opening fall 2021 in Old Quebec, Le Clan is well represented this year, with its sommelier Pier-Alexis Soulière also nominated in the “sommelier.e de l’année” category, alongside Lindsay Brennan (Alma), Vanya Filipovic (Vin Mon Lapin), Joris Gutierrez Garcia (Hunting and Fishing Club) and Guillaume Plante (Maison Boulud).

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Claudia Doyon, Bar Manager at the Chaufferie Distillery

The cocktail art 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 Distillerie de la Chaufferie in Granby, completes the selection.

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La Tanière restaurant appears in several categories.

Top gastronomic restaurant in Quebec, La Tanière also stands out for the Best Service Award with the presence of Roxan Bourdelais. Élyse Garand (Noren), Pierre Jullien (Graziella), Perle Morency (Côté Est) and William Saulnier (Beau Temps) complete this category.

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Dominic Labelle of Parcelles in Austin

The “revelations of the year” category offers an overview of people who have made their mark on 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, live there as well as Dominic. Labelle for the Parcelles country table in Austin, and Emmy Plante with the Mexican bar Maria Maria in Chicoutimi.

Honored artisans and producers

The Lauriers also highlight the work of bakers, confectioners, brewers, winegrowers, producers and artisans from across 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.fe” category pastry chef of the year”.

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Chloé Migneault-Lecavalier and Loïse Desjardins-Petrone of Lecavalier Petrone have seen their company nominated twice this year for the Lauriers.

Lecavalier Petrone, a refined and creative Montreal chocolate maker, was also nominated in the “Craftsman of the Year” category, along with veteran Anicet Desrochers (Miels D’Anicet), Chloé Gervais-Fredette (Les Chocolats de Chloé), by Pascal Hudon (Pascal the Butcher) and Carl Pelletier (Couleur Chocolat).

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Julien Roy, co-owner of Autumn Bakery with Seth Gabrielse, finds himself once again as a finalist for the Lauriers.

In the “bakers of the year” category, Fabien Demandolx (Racines boulangerie fermière, L’Isle-Verte) and Charles Létang (Du pain… C’est tout!, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies) compete with Thea Bryson (Thea Bryson). Miette Boulangerie), Jeffrey Finkelstein (Hof Kelsten), as well as regulars Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy (Automne Boulangerie), for whom this is the third selection in this category.

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Daniel Gillis, Laurent Noël and Guillaume Laliberté, from Lieux Communs

For the category that highlights the work of brewers, winemakers 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 of the Year” category.

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Hydromel Charlevoix products

The Gastronomic 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 Le Ruisseau vineyard, 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 & Confidências, Kamouraska Forest Mushroom Festival, Les First Fridays, Montreal en lumière and MYCO: Gastronomic encounters in the forest are indicated for the event of the year.

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Host of the Lauriers, Christian Bégin is a finalist in the award category for the influence of culinary culture.

Presenter of the Lauriers de la gastronomie québécoise since the first edition in 2018, Christian Bégin is once again nominated for the Award for the influence of culinary culture, alongside chefs Normand Laprise and Stéphane Modat, from the magazine caribou and the Mordu platform.

From Brigade to Gala

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Chef Marc-André Jetté chairs the Lauriers jury this year.

It’s the Brigade des Lauriers, made up of more than 5,000 industry professionals, that votes to determine the finalists and award winners each year. To this vote, which accounts for 50% of the final result, is added that of the jury. 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 and Colombe St-Pierre. Note that the members of the jury withdraw their establishments from the competition.

The only category that escapes this rule, the Public Award. Once again 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, undisputed king of this category, which won this award in the last three editions.

The winners will be announced during the gala, which will resume in person for the first time in two years and will take place on June 20 at the Center des sciences de Montréal. “We keep it as affordable as possible, with tickets starting at $95. It includes a meal, drinks and a show. Looks like it’s worth it! says Christine Plante, founder of the Lauriers.

More than an awards night, the event is also a great celebration of gastronomy. Guests will be able to savor a veritable feast, the collective work of former competition winners, including Stéphane Modat, Anita Feng, Marc-André Jetté, Antonin Mousseau-Rivard and Benjamin Oddo. Wine and cocktail lovers will not be left out with a menu jointly signed by Véronique Dalle (Foxy), Sophie Allaire (La Belle Histoire) and Kate Boushel (Atwater Cocktail Club). Tickets are on sale today.

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