Fresh off a big Order of Canada nod, France's chef éminence grise is the latest to honour Normand Laprise. The Toqué! man is the lone chef from Canada on the Institut Paul Bocuse's new International Chefs Advisory Board. Laprise recently took part in a banquet at the Hôtel de Ville of Lyon to commemorate the city's most famous culinary ambassador.
The Institut Paul Bocuse prepares students for management roles in the hospitality industry and culinary arts. Laprise is in fine company on the board, whose focus will be to represent French gastronomy all over the globe. Others include Daniel Boulud, Juan Mari Arzak and Thomas Keller.
"Paul Bocuse was a model for me to follow when I started. He is the chef that made French cuisine evolve through his limitless creativity, rigorous approach, love of the métier and great respect for local products, however humble they may be. To have been selected to ensure the continuity of his work and to have the chance to exchange with these talented and famous chefs is a privilege that has touched me profoundly," says Laprise, via a press release today.