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Mon Lapin Wins Quebec-Wide Restaurant of the Year Award

The Lauriers — Quebec’s province-wide culinary awards — were handed out tonight. Here are all the winners.

Mon Lapin in Montreal
Stéphane Lavoie/Eater Montreal

The Lauriers — a new set of culinary awards for the province of Quebec — have been announced for the second year. For Montreal, the Joe Beef group and restaurant Le Petit Mousso are two of the big winners.

The ceremony took place at Griffintown art space Arsenal Monday night, with 17 prizes in total being given, including chef of the year, restaurant of the year, and sommelier of the year. The prize is roughly similar to the James Beard Awards in the USA, aiming to recognize excellence in a range of forms from across Quebec’s culinary industry — restaurants, chefs, producers (and beyond) from across the province were eligible, and were whittled down to small groups of finalists back in March. While 2018 Laurier winners were mostly eligible to win a second time around this year, only one finalist — Ricardo — did that, for the people’s choice-like Laurier du Public.

The winners (except for one people’s choice category) were chosen partially by an anonymous jury from a range of professions connected to the culinary and restaurant worlds — any restaurant affiliated with those jury members was not eligible for a prize. A much larger brigade of around 3,000 voting professionals also voted, with the combined scores giving winners.

Here’s the full run-down of who won — the full list of finalists can be viewed over here.

Restaurant of the Year

Mon Lapin (Montreal)

Chef of the Year

Stéphane Modat (Restaurant Champlain at the Fairmount Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City)

Revelation of the Year

An award for new or young culinary talents.

Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais (Le Petit Mousso, Montreal)

Sommelier of the Year

Véronique Rivest (Soif, Gatineau)

Pastry Chef of the Year

Stéphanie Labelle (Rhubarbe, Montreal)

Mixologist or Bartender of the Year

Émile Archambault (Le Petit Mousso, Montreal)

Baker of the Year

Jochen Niemand (Boulangerie Niemand, Kamouraska)joe

Server of the Year

Denis Lessard (Le Serpent, Montreal)

Food Truck of the Year

Grumman’78 (Montreal)

Le Laurier du Public

A “people’s choice” type award, chosen by the public

Ricardo (Ricardo Cuisine)

Prize for Influence on Quebec’s Culinary Culture

David McMillan and Fred Morin (Joe Beef, Montreal)

Producer of the Year

Suzanne Dufresne and Daniel Gosselin (Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu)

Artisan of the Year

Véronique Hupin and Michael Marier (Les Pervenches winery, Farnham)

Company or Initiative of the Year

Fourchette Bleue (an organization that certifies sustainable fisheries

Food Event of the Year

Foodcamp (Quebec City)

Gourmet Tourism Award of the Year

Jardins de Métis (Price, Quebec)

Laurier Hommage

For exceptional contributions to Quebec’s culinary world. No nominees or finalists.

Jean-Paul Grappe (instructor, ITHQ, Montreal)


3535 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3P1 514-282-5111 Visit Website

Le Petit Mousso

1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P8

Joe Beef

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3J 1N6 (514) 935-6504 Visit Website

Patisserie Rhubarbe

1479 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8 (514) 903-3395 Visit Website

Mon Lapin Bar à Vin

150 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K8

Le Serpent

257 Rue Prince, Ville-Marie, QC H3C 2N4 (514) 316-4666 Visit Website