Normand Laprise was born in 1961 in Kamouraska, near the St. Lawrence River. At an early age he developed great respect for freshly harvested products from the farm on which he grew up. In 1981, after finishing school at the Charlesbourg Hotel School in Québec City, he worked alongside great chefs such as Jacques Le…
Normand Laprise was born in 1961 in Kamouraska, near the St. Lawrence River. At an early age he developed great respect for freshly harvested products from the farm on which he grew up.
In 1981, after finishing school at the Charlesbourg Hotel School in Québec City, he worked alongside great chefs such as Jacques Le Pluart and then Jean-Pierre Billoux at the Hôtel de la Cloche near Dijon. He returned to Montreal in 1989 as chef de cuisine at restaurant Citrus where he was quickly noticed for his creativity. In 1993, he opened Toqué! with his associate, Christine Lamarche. By building strong relationships with small producers and providing their customers with the finest local and in season products, Toqué! contributed to the development of Québec gastronomy and even became a staple of it. A Relais & Châteaux member since 2006 and part of the exclusive Les Grandes Tables du Monde since 2014, Toqué! is one of the top 2 restaurants in Canada according to Canada’s 100 Best, including no. 1 in 2015 and 2016, since the creation of this list. It is also the only Canadian restaurant to be ranked, since the last four years, amongst the top 100 restaurants in the world by Elite Traveler Magazine.
In acknowledgement of his work and his contribution to Québec gastronomy, Normand Laprise received the Order of Québec in 2009 and the Order of Canada in 2014. In 2012, Macleans
named him Chef of the year and he and Christine Lamarche received a doctorat honoris causa from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie du Québec. He was awarded the Prix- Hommage Renaud Cyr 2018 to honour his involvement with Quebec’s gardeners, farmers and fishermen and the Hommage Chapeau restaurateurs prize! 2017 given by the Association des
restaurateurs du Québec (ARQ). In the fall of 2018, he was the first Canadian chef to feature in Le Chef magazine’s world’s 100 best chefs. Chef Laprise also published the book Toqué! :
Creators of a New Quebec Gastronomy for which he received, in 2013, a James Beard Foundation Award and a Prix Marcel-Couture.
Normand Laprise is the only Canadian ambassador of the prestigious International Chef Advisory Board of the Paul Bocuse Institute. Chef Laprise is often invited to cook abroad, where he is happy to introduce others to Québec gastronomy.