Laurels of Quebec Gastronomy | Battuto receives the “Restaurant of the Year” award.

Battuto, a Québec-based establishment, was named Restaurant of the Year at the conclusion of a celebratory gala hosted by Christian Bégin at Windsor Train Station Monday night to present the Lauriers de la gastronomie Québécoise Awards.

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The entire restaurant industry gathered in the bright Salle des Pas perdus at Windsor Station for this fourth edition of the Christine Plante founded event. The gala, regularly moderated by Christian Bégin, honored the winners in the 16 categories.

  • Paul Croteau and Guillaume St-Pierre, co-owners of Battuto with sommelier Pascal Bussières (not pictured).

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    Paul Croteau and Guillaume St-Pierre, co-owners of Battuto with sommelier Pascal Bussières (not pictured).

  • Simon Mathys was voted Chef of the Year.

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    Simon Mathys was voted Chef of the Year.

  • Dominic Labelle, Revelation of the Year.

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    Dominic Labelle, Revelation of the Year.

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Battuto has been awarded the prestigious Restaurant of the Year award. The Quebec restaurant was a finalist at every edition of the Lauriers and finally it was its turn to win the trophy. Sure, it’s going to be even harder to find a seat at the tiny, Italian-inspired restaurant, but the terrace is without reservations, we’re told.

Simon Mathys, who opened the Mastard restaurant in 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, won over the curbing and the jury, presided over this year by Marc-André Jetté, with his fine locavore cuisine. The new Chef of the Year, visibly shocked but also very happy, could only praise his highly talented team, without whom none of this would have been possible.

The race in the Revelation of the Year category was high for this edition, with the presence of Montreal restaurants Knuckles, La Franquette, Salle Climatisée and chef Emmy Plante (participant in the bosses!). In the end, it was chef and farmer Dominic Labelle who caught the eye with his Parcelles country table project.

Award-winning established craftsmen

  • Automne Boulangerie's bakers Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy (right) accompanied by Quentin Lamensch, partner.

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    Automne Boulangerie’s bakers Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy (right) accompanied by Quentin Lamensch, partner.

  • Chloé Migneault-Lecavalier, Pastry Chef of the Year.

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    Chloé Migneault-Lecavalier, Pastry Chef of the Year.

  • Chloé Gervais-Fredette, Craftswoman of the Year.

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    Chloé Gervais-Fredette, Craftswoman of the Year.

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Here’s another duo who’ve been finalists at every edition of Lauriers without ever winning the Baker of the Year award: Seth Gabrielse and Julien Roy were deservedly recognized for their work in the Autumn Bakery. “We felt like it was our turn! We’re particularly happy for our team, who really excelled this year,” notes Julien Roy.

The great creations of Lecavalier Petrone pastry chef and chocolate maker Chloé Migneault-Lecavalier, who was also a finalist in the Artisa category, scored well. Not. are of the year. “I’m so happy, it touches me a lot,” said the pastry chef of the year, whose business has exploded during the pandemic.

It is also another chocolatier, Chloé Gervais-Fredette, who has excelled in this category with her company Les Chocolats de Chloé, where she was already a finalist in 2019. A very nice tribute to the one who’s been rolling her belly for a long time: In 2003, she opened her little shop in Duluth. “I never had any idea of ​​greatness! The most important thing for me is my small team, quality and human relationships! »

For Producers of the Year, Porc de Beaurivage, who was a finalist in this category for the second time, walked away with top honors.

Drink !


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Claudia Doon.

Last year’s finalist, Claudia Doyon from Distillerie de la Chauderie in Granby, also finally got the Mixologist or Bartender of the Year award. “This wave of love shows me that we are on the right track in Quebec. All those chefs who worked on the Boreal laid the frame, we’re about to tear up the walls! »

Pier-Alexis Soulière, crowned America’s Best Sommelier in 2018 and sommelier at Le Clan, Chef Stéphane Modat’s restaurant, won the Sommelier of the Year title. The renowned Menaud distillery in Clermont won the coveted prize in the Beverage Producer of the Year category.

Pierre Julien from the Graziella restaurant won the Best Service Award. And it was restaurant L’Express, founded in 1980, that received the Tribute Prize. “We are theater people, it all started with a script. Yes, it’s a European bistro, but we’ve always been deeply Montrealers,” summarized one of the founders, Pierre Villeneuve.

Quebec on the plate

  • Ariane Paré-Le Gal dedicated the award to her father Gérard Le Gal, accompanied by her husband Pascal Benaksas-Couture.

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    Ariane Paré-Le Gal dedicated the award to her father Gérard Le Gal, accompanied by her husband Pascal Benaksas-Couture.

  • Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir and Véronique Lavoie, two of Caribou's founders.

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    Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir and Véronique Lavoie, two of Caribou’s founders.

  • Adelle Tarzibachi and Genevieve Comeau from Les Filles Fattoush.

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    Adelle Tarzibachi and Genevieve Comeau from Les Filles Fattoush.

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Game gathering is more popular than ever in Quebec and is undoubtedly thanks to the immense contribution of Gourmet Sauvage in Mont-Blanc. The latter won the gastronomic tourism prize that Ariane Paré-Le Gal dedicated to her father, Gérard Le Gal, who founded the company 30 years ago and paved the way for the wildlife industry. .

caribou received the Culinary Culture Outreach Award. Since the launch of the first edition in October 2014, the media has held its own. “We were very well received by the industry, that’s what we believed at first caribou ‘ responded Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir, one of the co-founders.

Les Filles Fattoush was founded in 2017 by Adelle Tarzibachi to provide a job opportunity for newly arrived Syrian women and won the Business of the Year award.

Cuisine, Cinéma & Confidences, a hybrid event that takes place in Charlevoix every autumn, was named Event of the Year.

Should the public laurel be renamed “Laurier de Ricardo”? Yes, the popular chef has won that award again, an unchallenged reign since the very first edition of Laurier in 2018.

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