Jacob Richler Knows Canada’s Best Restaurants

Canada’s culinary landscape has become increasingly diverse and sophisticated, and Canadian restaurants are now more-than-capable contenders on the foodie world stage.

Now that we’re all hyper-educated, conversations about food and restaurants (Where did that steak come from? Who cooked it and how? Have you been to Restaurant X yet?) are inescapable these days.  There are hundreds of restaurants, thousands of chefs and a growing industry that is both competitive, collaborative and (most excitingly) still somewhat nascent.

Renowned culinary writer and former food critic Jacob Richler has spent his life dining at Canada’s best restaurants and has interviewed (and broken bread with) many of the top chefs from around the world.  The  culmination of his experience and passion is the creation of Canada’s first definitive restaurant ranking: Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Magazine.

What makes this restaurant list different?  The opinions of over 70 chefs, gourmets, restauranteurs, industry leaders and food fanatics from across Canada who all weighed in to create this definitive guide.  A must for foodies and travellers (if you’re planning a summer holiday in Canada – put this in your luggage) the magazine features stories on the winning restaurants and the chefs as well as recipes from many of the winning restaurants.

The magazine recently held a launch party at Bar Buca that  not only celebrated the winners, but also the winners of the future in the form of three S. Pellegrino Young Chef finalists:  top honouree Paul Moran of Canadian Mountain Holiday’s K2 Lodge (in Nakusp, BC), Cara Davis of George Restaurant and Hayden Johnston of Richmond Station (both in Toronto, ON).

Restaurateur and chef Donna Dooher spoke to guests about the importance of encouraging young talent, as well as 100 Best Restaurants’ partnership with Le Cordon Bleu through the Le Cordon Bleu $30,000 scholarship, open to any currently employed cook or chef working in a Canadian restaurant that is a member of Restaurants Canada.

What’s up next for the magazine? Great Chefs in Great Places – culinary travel tours with some of Canada’s best chefs.

Where do we sign up?

Here’s a sneak peek at the top five restaurants in Canada:

Toqué – Montreal, QC

Hawkswork Restaurant – Vancouver, BC

Buca – Toronto, ON

Raymonds – St. John’s, NF

Splendido – Toronto, ON

To see the complete list of restaurants, pick up a copy of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants on newsstands March 20 or visit