Normand Laprise, an authority on and a pioneer of Quebec gastronomy, is the Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef of Toqué!, one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Canada, as well as the co-owner of Brasserie T! He reinvented traditional cuisine by featuring local products and marrying the familiar with the unexpected on each plate. He has also taken Quebec cuisine well beyond our borders by travelling throughout the world as a guest chef and by joining illustrious organizations like the Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon where he sits on The International Chefs Advisory Board, the only Canadian to be selected. Mr. Laprise was awarded numerous distinctions including an Honoris Causa diploma from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec and the nomination Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Québec. He generously participates in fundraising activities for the Fondation de l’Ataxie Charlevois-Saguenay and La Tablée des Chefs. He also supports cultural organizations like Les Violons du Roy, the Montreal Opera and Place des Arts.