Jean-Christophe wins “Les Chefs!”: “a great springboard for the future”

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The ax fell on Monday evening during the finale of the show “Les Chefs!” where Jean-Christophe Beaudin left with great honours.

After a destabilizing accident with the mandolin, the disconcerted technician was able to regain his composure just in time to prepare his first round plates where he served a scallop crudo with cucurbits and a gin and chervil vinaigrette and a warm entrée of runny egg yolk raviolo.

That's when crowd favorite Amine Laabi was cut of the brigade while Elliot and Anthony, who arrived 2nd and 3rd respectively, continued the service with Jean-Christophe.
The aspiring chef, who has auditioned for the culinary competition three times, nevertheless came into this season with several doubts in mind.

“The pandemic has turned the restaurant world upside down. It changes a lot of things and a lot of things have emerged. Many people questioned whether he was changing fields and I was one of them. I've been in the kitchen for 12 years, I still like it, but I wondered if it was really what I wanted to do for the rest of my career, “he explained in an interview with the QMI Agency, the day after its victory was broadcast.

“[“Les Chefs!”] is a bit like my end-of-year newsletter. Working with exceptional people like them, it really gave me the desire to continue. It is also a great springboard for the future,” he added.

For the moment, the sous-chef at Foxy, located in the Griffintown district of Montreal, is not ready to take the plunge to open an establishment of his own. He intends to let the dust settle and take the time to evaluate all of his options.

But one thing is certain, and that is that he wants to continue showcasing local products, work from head to peduncle and decline each element to maximize them as much as possible.

The winner of the 11th edition of the show “Les Chefs!” however, would like to open “something gastronomic, but also quite convivial, focused on sharing and not necessarily only in the plates, but also in the experience”, which could take various forms, he said. It could be a shop with processed foods, a counter or a restaurant.

“It is also important to inform people about what they eat and where the products come from. It's not necessarily a type of cuisine, but more of an idea that revolves around food,” he said.

Back to a new normal

The pandemic and the lack of manpower have imposed themselves in the questioning of the restaurant industry. With the recovery, “it's a bit more like before, but we also realized that there were things that had to change and that couldn't just go back to the way it was before,” said the 30-year-old cook. years.

“Attitudes are changing, and so are working conditions. It will take time, but that is changing. This is a step in the right direction. And it makes you want to keep the flame alive,” he added.

Jean-Christophe won, during the final of the show “Les Chefs!”, shot five years ago. month, a cash prize of $50,000 and $10,000 in equipment at Doyon Després.

Amine Laabi, who won the 4th prize on Monday evening during the show's finale “Les Chefs!” will join the Mordu brigade this summer.

We will soon be able to discover his videos and recipes on the website, as well as on TikTok and Instagram.