Normand Laprise

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Normand Laprise CM CQ
EducationÉcole hôtelière de Charlesbourg
Stratford Chefs School[2]

Normand Laprise CM CQ (born 1961) is a French Canadian chef and author. He is the owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T! in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

Normand Laprise was born in 1961 and raised on a farm in Kamouraska in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec.[1] At the age of 14 he began working in a restaurant as a dishwasher. After high school, not knowing what he wanted to do, he enrolled in culinary school at the École hôtelière de Charlesbourg in Quebec City, from which he graduated in 1981.[3][2]


Laprise worked four years at the restaurant Le Lutétia at the Hôtel de la Montagne in Montreal, after which he had internships in France and the United States.[2] Starting in 1989, he ran restaurant Citrus in Montreal, until its closure four years later. He then attended the Stratford Chefs School in Stratford, Ontario.

In June 1993, along with Christine Lamarche, Laprise co-founded restaurant Toqué! on Saint Denis Street in Montreal. Toqué was given a five diamond rating by the American Automobile Association and the Canadian Automobile Association. In January 2004, Toqué relocated to the Centre CDP Capital in the Quartier international de Montréal. To In 2006, Laprise became a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef.[2]

In June 2010, he founded Brasserie T!, a French-inspired gastropub located in the Quartier des spectacles.[2]


In 2009, Laprise was named a Knight of the National Order of Quebec for his promotion of Quebec cuisine.[2] In 2014, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada for the same reason.[4]

On May 3, 2013, Laprise won a James Beard Foundation Award for his book, Toqué! in the Cooking from a Professional Point of View category.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Quebec : from Montreal to the Saint Lawrence River — Normand Laprise". Relais & Châteaux. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Normand Laprise". Les chefs!. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Normand Laprise". Cuisine du Québec. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Order of Canada Appointments - December 26, 2014". Governor General of Canada, press release. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. ^ Bagnall, Janet. "Montreal chef Normand Laprise's cookbook wins international acclaim". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 5 May 2013.

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