February 19 to March 1, 2015
2015 PROGRAM REVIEW
Fine dining takes centre stage
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE has clearly established itself for years now as one of the largest events in Montreal, and ranks among the most important events in the country, in large part thanks to its fine dining program, the spearhead of the festival, with a Finest Tables program that has put Montreal on the international map of essential gourmet experiences. Thanks to its unique “pairings” concept, our world-class creative chefs annually welcome their international peers, thereby mutually enriching the culinary savoir-faire of all concerned, from the kitchens to the tables. This 16th edition of the festival was particularly prestigious, welcoming Switzerland as its featured country, the nation with the most Michelin Guide stars per capita in the world, represented by a delegation of fifteen chefs including Pierre-André Ayer, president of the Grandes Tables de Suisse and owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Le Pérolles in Fribourg, who served as honorary president of the program. And we also welcomed another illustrious guest, his fellow Swiss native Paolo Basso, no less than the 2013 best sommelier in the world.
Jean-Talon Market hosted the Lanaudière region, showcasing the wondrous wares of its producers and chefs, who presented an array of products and hosted workshops. Presenting Québec Chefs and Cheeses, in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, was completely sold out once again. This year, the competition featured 4 finalists from the popular Radio-Canada show Les Chefs!, with Jonathan Rassi winning over our 400 guests/judges and taking home the $5000 prize. The Festival of Quebec Cheeses in Complexe Desjardins was more popular than ever, with record sales—the event sold more cheese in three days than last year’s edition did in four! Finally, the latest MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE innovation, the Salon du livre gourmand presented by Renaud-Bray in partnership with Les Éditions La Presse (free admission), was another hit: this Pop-Up boutique, designed especially for the event and held on the Complexe Desjardins’ Grande-Place was right at home in this edition, presenting myriad new wrinkles, hundreds of books, discoveries and little treasures, and autograph sessions.
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