Although fine dining has not completely lost its shimmer, the concept of bringing together high-quality ingredients and superchefs in a fast-paced environment is on the rise.

The people of Montreal—with its culture steeped in French haute cuisine—love their food. They are privileged, then, that award-winning chef and restaurateur Normand Laprise calls the city home. Laprise released his first book, Toqué!, this past October, giving insight on the career philosophies and inspirations that brought him to where he is today.