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Award-Winning Chef & Author Normand Laprise Dishes On New Quebec Gastronomy Restaurant

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that before I interviewed Chef Normand Laprise, I wasn't exactly sure who he was. I suppose I can be forgiven since Laprise isn’t quite a household name in America (not yet anyway), though he certainly is on the other side of the border. Not only was Laprise voted best chef in Canada, but his recent cookbook, Toqué!: Creators of a New Quebec Gastronomy, won "Best Cookbook of the Year"  for Canada at the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards, as well as a prestigious James Beard Foundation award for excellence in the category "Cooking From a Professional Point of View."

Another reason I'm now a die-hard groupie is that this delightfully unassuming chef has been named a Knight of the National Order of Quebec for his efforts in promoting Quebec cuisine. I didn't know if I should address him as Chef Laprise, Sir, or perhaps Knight of the Kitchen, but after five minutes I felt like we were "besties" and he was just Normand.

Janice Nieder

Janice Nieder could be the love child of Indiana Jones and Julia Child. She was a specialty food consultant for 12 years in New York, with a client list that included Tavern on the Green, Dean & Deluca and Sign of the Dove. After being bitten by the travel bug, her culinary adventures took her to over 90 countries, where she shared a smoked monkey dinner with a generous Shuar Indian family deep...(Read More)

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