The Maple Gourmet Road 2011 Contest - Classics reinvented with maple

MONTREAL, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Making classic dishes appeal to modern tastes using maple. This is the challenge to the 100 Maple Masters on the Maple Gourmet Road set by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. It is the fourth such contest aimed at our most innovative chefs and artisans. This year's theme of "Classics reinvented with maple" gives the Maple Masters a unique opportunity to put their talent and imagination to work in coming up with a new classic from an old one. Esteemed chef Mr. Stéphan Bernhard, Chef-Proprietor of the Michelin starred restaurant Les Jardins de France in Baden-Baden, Germany, will preside over the contest.

The Contest

Any local or international dish is eligible provided it is not a dessert. Cold appetizers, hot appetizers and main dishes are all eligible. Maple Masters' creations will be judged on quality, originality and overall balance of the recipe.  The ultimate goal is to show off maple's versatility through new creations which use classic dishes as their inspiration and which will become modern classics in their own right.

The president will announce the jury's verdict and reveal the three winners in Autumn 2011. The winners will add their winning dish to their regular menu or to their range of products for at least a year for all to experience and enjoy. The contest will run from April 1st to July 1st, 2011.

Evaluation Criteria

The four members of the jury will evaluate the creations based on the following criteria: originality of the dish, use and composition of ingredients, presentation and flavour.  The dishes will also be judged on finesse and balance as well as judicious use of maple products. Participants will also have to comply with the following conditions:

  • They must draw up an original recipe based on and reinventing a classic dish using a 100% pure maple product (syrup, butter, taffy, sugar or flakes). Contestants can enter as many creations as they want, as long as the contest conditions are met.

  • Use of inverted sugar or any other sweetener, other than defined stabilizing agents, will result in disqualification.


The overall winner will receive a 5 day training course at Mr. Stéphan Bernhard's restaurant Le Jardin de France in Baden-Baden, Germany. This prize includes transportation, accommodation and meals. Grants are awarded to the winners of second and third place.

Mr. Bernhard was chosen as the 2011 Ambassador for Maple by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. His restaurant, Le Jardin de France, has been awarded a Michelin star. For further information on the restaurant, please visit

Mr. Richard Lachapelle from l'Havre-aux-glaces in Montreal was the first winner of this prestigious contest in 2007 with Thierry Ferré of Mouton Noir restaurant in Baie-Saint-Paul winning in 2009. Mr. Phillipe Petrazzini of Culinarium du 51 won the 2010 contest.

Details of the contest are available at

About the FPAQ

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers was founded in 1966 with the mission of defending and promoting the economic, social and moral interests of its 7,400 maple businesses. These men and women are working together to collectively market their products. The quality of their work and their products has made Quebec the producer of close to 80% of today's global maple syrup output.

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For further information:

Johannie Coiteux
Promotions and Communications Agent
Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
450 679-0540 ext. 8609

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