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.