Congratulations to Marc Lepine and Atelier!

I’ve been deliberately holding off on this one so I could get the above photo last night, but I’d like to add my voice to the chorus offering congratulations to Marc Lepine and the staff of Atelier for their gold-medal finish in the Canadian Culinary Championships last weekend!

You can (and should) read the official announcement, as well as the recaps from judges James Chatto and Anne DesBrisay, and enthusiastic Ottawa Citizen food editor Ron Eade.

For my part, I’ll just say that I’ve been thrilled to watch how Atelier has grown in the past three years. My first meal there was a month after they opened; my most recent meal there was last night. (And I’m glad I made those reservations when I did!) The level of refinement and complexity in the dishes has gone up astronomically. At this point, it seems safe to say that Marc has gone from “up and coming” to “arrived.” Congratulations to the entire team!

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3 Responses to “Congratulations to Marc Lepine and Atelier!”

  1. Hi Matthew,

    Just to let you know I am obsessed with your blog and just discovered it a couple hours ago… I haven’t left your site. I’m inspired, infatuation, impressed and in awe at what you do and can’t believe you’re a “self-taught” cook.

    I was actually at the Gold Medal Plates in Vancouver and I fell in love with Marc’s style of cooking as well. I see that his Mystery Wine Pairing appy was inspired by the one at EMG and they both looked beautiful! Him and his sous are incredibly talented!

    In case you’re interested (not to spam you), but this was my post from Gold Medal Plates:

    Again… I’m supposed to be doing work, but I’ve been distracted by your site… in a good way… I’m going to be back.

    PS: If you’re ever in Vancouver, please follow Chef Hamid Salimian… he has a website too, You’ll love him!

  2. Glad you’re enjoying the site, Mijune! Thanks for the links; I’m definitely interested in reading a report from someone who was on site, and I’m always interested in learning about new (or new-to-me) Canadian chefs.


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