Mar 22, 2011

Chef Martin Picard's cabane à sucre: a visit from chefs Pic and Laprise

To say it was a culture shock would be an understatement: chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the diminutive, ultra-polite chef from France's three-Michelin-starred Maison Pic spent a day in the woods with the adorable-but-brutish chef Martin Picard. Talk about a crazy contrast of styles and personalities!

More specifically, she went to visit his legendary cabane à sucre, where he serves his own high-end version of a typical sugar shack meal in the springtime to a legion of adoring fans (who book a year ahead!!).
Chef Pic was in town to cook for two nights at Toqué!, and to preside over the annual Highlights Festival.

Chef Normand Laprise of Toqué! restaurant, also in Montreal, drove chef Pic and her entourage to Picard's cabane à sucre (sugar shack) in the Laurentians. The place was just about to open for the season but wasn't serving customers yet.

Picard gave the group a quick how-to-make-maple-syrup lesson and showed them his pigs. The rest you can see for yourselves, in the video below:

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