Second wind for sEb l’artisan culinaire

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The restaurant sEb will celebrate its 18th birthday at the beginning of the summer; it’s an opportunity to be seen through a different lens. When he chose to settle here in Mont-Tremblant in 2005, young chef Sébastien Houle had decided to really engage. He knew no-one here at the time but undertook, step by step and with great attention to detail, to create what has become today one of the best, most valued restaurants in the Laurentians, with a reputation that goes beyond the borders of Quebec.

During all these years, several projects took shape in the context of the restaurant: caterer, food-to-go shop, street food truck, and lastly, a book in which Sébastien tells of his journey and has readers discover the newest trends in cuisine. Then during the pandemic, Sébastien set up, with colleagues from this area, the Chefs à la rescousse project to provide healthy food to the most needy.

When it reopens, a new restaurant will await its guests on rue Saint-Georges, in a heritage home from the end of the 19th century. The purchase of this property gives Sébastien more latitude; he wants to protect the heritage charm and characteristics, but the inside décor will be resolutely contemporary. The chef wants an ambience which supports the joys of gastronomy. Here guests will find the same refined signature cuisine to enjoy at a table or on the banquettes, in a private room or in the wine cellar surrounded by bottles.

“It’s thanks to the rigour of my work,” he says, “that I have succeeded in carving out my place in the universe of Quebec cuisine. Besides, today it’s the French who come to do an internship here, instead of the reverse.” And the Four Diamonds awarded by the CAA – which will be much in evidence in the new décor – are concrete proof of the quality of work of the chef and his team.

sEb l’artisan culinaire – 444, rue Saint-Georges, downtown Mont-Tremblant

 

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Daniel Gauvreau

 

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Récréologue et journaliste de formation, tour à tour organisateur, formateur, consultant, chroniqueur et traducteur dans le milieu du plein air, Daniel Gauvreau est passionné d’activité physique en extérieur. De retour d’un périple au Québec et en France, il a choisi les Hautes-Laurentides pour satisfaire son amour de la nature. Semi-retraité, moniteur de ski de fond à SFMT, son expérience profite désormais aux lecteurs de Tremblant Express. Recreation professional and journalist by education, organizer, trainer, consultant, columnist and translator about the outdoors by experience, Daniel Gavreau is passionate about physical activity outside. Following a trip through Québec and France, he chose the Hautes-Laurentides as the place to satisfy his love of nature. Semi-retired and teaching cross-country skiing with SFMT, he now offers his experience to Tremblant Express readers.

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