The Lauriers de la gastronomie are back in full force and in great shape for a 2022 edition celebrating the best talent in Quebec’s culinary and gastronomic scene. The 95 finalists in the 16 categories were announced 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, restaurant and gastronomy people,” says Christian Bégin to open the press conference. This impossible: silence! Especially in a room full of chefs, sommeliers, agricultural producers of all kinds, gathering in such large numbers for the first time in more than two years. Recall that the 2021 Laurels took place virtually after being canceled entirely in 2020.
La Capitale stands out
In the famous “Restaurant of the Year” category, the metropolitan capital is heating up with four selections for Quebec City (Arvi, Battuto, Le Clan, Restaurant La Légende) and five for Montreal (Beba, Candide, Mastard, Monarque, Mui Mui). . The Les Faux-Bergers restaurant in Baie-Saint-Paul is the only regional representative.
The work of 10 chefs will be highlighted in the prestigious chef.fe.s of the year category. There are several Montreal chefs: 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 this perform team.
Le Clan opened in Old Quebec in the fall of 2021 and is well represented this year, with its sommelier Pier-Alexis Soulière joining Lindsay Brennan (Alma), Vanya Filipovic (Vin Mon Lapin), Joris Gutierrez Garcia (The Hunting and Fishing Club ) and Guillaume Plante (Maison Boulud).
The art of cocktails shines well beyond the island of Montreal, whose sole exponent is Gilbert Lemieux (H3) 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.
La Tanière, a high-flying Québec gourmet restaurant, also boasts the Best Service award for the presence of Roxan Bourdelais. Élyse Garand (Noren), Pierre Jullien (Graziella), Perle Morency (Côté Est) and William Saulnier (Beau Temps) complete this category.
The Revelation.s of the Year category showcases people who have made their mark with new projects and initiatives in Quebec’s hospitality industry. For the 2022 edition, Louie Deligliani 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, also meet there as Dominic Labelle for the country table Parcelles in Austin and Emmy Plante with the Mexican bar Maria Maria in Chicoutimi.
Dear artisans and producers
The Lauriers also highlight the work of bakers, confectioners, brewers, winemakers, producers and artisans from across Quebec.
Victor Maupoux (Place Carmin), Gabrielle Rivard-Hiller (La Cabane sur le roc), Gaël Vidricaire (Pastry by Gaël Vidricaire), Lisa Yu (Monarque) and Chloé Migneault-Levacalier (Lecavalier Petrone) are finalists at chef.fe Confectioner of the Year category.
Lecavalier Petrone, a fine Montreal creative chocolate maker, is nominated in the Artisan.es of the Year category along with veteran Anicet Desrochers (Miels D’Anicet), Chloé Gervais-Fredette (Les Chocolats de Chloé) by Pascal Hudon ( butcher Pascal) and Carl Pelletier (Couleur Chocolat).
In the Baker 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 The Montrealer Thea Bryson ( Miette Boulangerie), Jeffrey Finkelstein (Hof Kelsten) and regulars Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy (Automne Boulangerie), for whom this is their third selection in this category.
For the category that highlights the work of brewers, winemakers or beverage makers, there are companies from across Quebec: Domaine du Nival (Saint-Louis), Menaud (Clermont), Lieux Communs (Oka), Vignoble de la Bauge (Brigham) and Chemin des Septs cider house (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), and Louis-Charles and John-William Faille (La Ferme aux Mille Cailloux) is awarded in the category “Producer of the Year”.
The Gastronomy Tourism Award honors companies that advertise 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 the Le Ruisseau winery, at Dunham.
Chasse-Marée, La Transformerie, Les Filles Fattoush, Manger Notre Saint-Laurent and Sel Saint Laurent are the finalists in the Company or Initiative of the Year category, while Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences, Kamouraska Forest Mushroom Festival, Les First Fridays, Montréal en lumière and MYCO: Rendez-vous of forest gastronomy are nominated for the event of the year.
Christian Bégin, host of the Lauriers de la gastronomie québécoise since the very first edition in 2018, is again nominated for the award for the influence of culinary culture, along with chefs Normand Laprise and Stéphane Modat from 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 on the finalists and winners each year. Added to this vote, which accounts for 50% of the final result, is that of the jury. This year, it is directed 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 facilities from the race.
The only category that escapes this rule is that of the audience award. Also this year the public can vote for their favorite personality between 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 category, which has won this award in the last three editions.
The winners will be announced during the gala, which will be face-to-face for the first time in two years and will be held on June 20th at the Center des Sciences de Montréal. “We keep it as affordable as possible, with tickets priced at $95. It includes a meal, drinks and a show. Seems to have been worth it! says Christine Plante, founder of the Lauriers.
More than an award ceremony evening, the event also presents itself as a great festival of gastronomy. Guests can sample a true feast, the collaborative 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 disappointed with a menu co-signed by Véronique Dalle (Foxy), Sophie Allaire (La Belle Histoire) and Kate Boushel (Atwater Cocktail Club). Tickets are available today.