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.
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.
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 www.lejardindefrance.de
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 www.laroutedelerable.ca.
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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Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers
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