May 7, 2013
MONTREAL’S GRAND CHEF RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX NORMAND LAPRISE AUTHOR OF BOOK “TOQUÉ!” AWARDED JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION PRIZE IN NEW YORK
CHEF LAPRISE garnered the James Beard Foundation award in New York yesterday night as author of ‘’TOQUÉ! Creators of a Quebec Gastronomy” in the book category “Cooking from a Professional Point of View’’.
“This remarkable recognition is a tribute to Québec and our gastronomy. I share this award with my dedicated associate Christine Lamarche, creative chef Charles-Antoine Crête, my team of culinary professionals and the publisher - les éditions du passage - who participated and contributed so much to the creation of this little book of 500 pages produced in French and English versions” says Laprise. Dominique Malaterre who was also nominated in the “Photography” category adds her vote of satisfaction and high esteem for the work of Chef Laprise.
The laureates were announced during a ceremony at New York’s Gotham Hall before an audience of numerous authors and food critics. www.jamesbeard.org
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March 4, 2013
Culinary pictures : Cheers !
"D'année en année, les livres de cuisine connaissent un vif succès en librairie. Les éditeurs rivalisent d'imagination pour attirer votre regard sur d'alléchantes recettes que vous réaliserez chez vous. Et qu'est-ce qui attise d'abord votre appétit ? Les photos, de véritables créations gustatives qui vous en mettent plein la vue!"
February 25, 2013
Wine cellar: The art of patience
Our sommelier, Samuel Chevalier-Savaria, at SAQ Cellier.
November 15, 2012
Normand Laprise at Ricardo show
Ricardo is cooking with Normand Laprise.
October 4, 2012
Toqué ! Les artisans d'une gastronomie québécoise
Here's a short video of Toqué's Book
September 17, 2012
GRAND CHEF RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX NORMAND LAPRISE NAMED « CHEF OF THE YEAR » BY MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE
GRAND CHEF RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX NORMAND LAPRISE
NAMED « CHEF OF THE YEAR » BY MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE
Montreal, September 18th, 2012. – In its September 24th issue, Maclean’s Magazine declares Normand Laprise, Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and co-owner of Toqué! in Montreal – CHEF OF THE YEAR. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of his renowned restaurant as well as the launch of his first ever cookbook, this nomination adds a most happy note.
“This is a very nice surprise that I share with my associate, Christine Lamarche, and the whole team. We are all very close and this recognition, by one of Canada’s major publications, touches me for its positive repercussions on the kitchen staff, sommeliers and dining room personnel who, every day, inspire me” says chef Laprise.
It is with the tranquility of a happy man who reached his dream that this new recognition was received to add to his 2009 nomination as Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec for his contribution to Québec’s culinary art.
The selection for Chef of the Year was conducted by Jacob Richler, an erudite epicurean and journalist at Maclean’s who gathered a team of experienced food critics to evaluate the best restaurants across Canada. "In my experience the quality and originality of the food on the plate at Toque! has not wavered in twenty years - and the single biggest reason for that is chef Laprise's unrelenting devotion to the craft of cooking, and his sense of responsibility when it comes to minding his own kitchen. The more young chefs who follow his example, the better our culinary future will be", says Richler. Chef Laprise’s great talent and exquisite cuisine is expressed with authenticity, with no gimmicks, to celebrate the generous and abundant Québec terroir. Toqué! is the destination for a gastronomy that is light, subtle, refined and magnificently presented.
The first edition of Maclean’s Special 50 best Canadian Restaurants issue will be in newsstands on October 1st, across the country.