WINNERS OF THE 2014 MAPLE MASTERS CONTEST
Jean-Claude Chartrand, chef and owner of L'Orée du Bois restaurant, and Pierrick Jallais, mixologist at the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, are the two winners of the 2014 Maple Masters contest. This year the theme for the contest was "Cooking with Quebec's maple alcohols."
Grand Prize category
Jean-Claude Chartrand, chef and owner of L'Orée du Bois restaurant in Chelsea, Gatineau, won the grand prize with his incredible Beggar's Chicken Scented with Maple Leaves and Charles-Aimé Robert.
His inspiration and creative approach
The story takes us back to the time of the Qing dynasty. A Chinese beggar, who feared he would be caught after stealing a chicken from a farmer, buried the bird in some mud and returned the next day for his future meal. He dug up the chicken and then cooked it still covered in mud in an open fire. When it had finished cooking he discovered that the meat was incredibly tender.
While on a training course in China in 1990, Jean-Claude Chartrand tasted a variation of this dish. Twenty years later he has adapted this recipe to Quebec. The chicken is stuffed with chanterelles and foie gras, scented with ginger and five-spice, wrapped in maple leaves and lotus leaves, then covered in clay and baked. Served with pan-fried mushrooms, maple-parsnip purée, and a chicken and Charles-Aimé Robert jus, this exceptional dish reveals the subtlety and versatility of maple products in all of their forms.
Mr. Chartrand won a one-week training course at MonteCristo restaurant in Hôtel du Castellet, France, run by Christophe Bacquié, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France since 2004 and this year's Maple Ambassador for the FPAQ.
Grand Prize – Beggar's Chicken Scented with Maple Leaves and Charles-Aimé Robert
"Maple Cocktail" Special Mention category
Pierrick Jallais, mixologist at the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, won a $750 scholarship for his Magic of Maple cocktail, a beautiful combination of maple and apple resulted in a cocktail sparkling with fall flavours. Sortilège brings sweet and woodsy notes, while gin adds a touch of spice. Cranberry rounds off this exquisite combination of flavours.
Special Mention – Magic of Maple
The Maple Masters will add their creations to their establishments’ menus for all of 2014–2015 for fine-food lovers and cocktail enthusiasts to enjoy.