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Martin Juneau

Pastaga

Montreal, Canada

Recognized as a Rising Star of Québec cuisine by 60 of his peers in Gastronomie magazine in 2010, Chef Martin Juneau won national recognition in February 2011 by earning the country’s “best chef” award in Canada’s most prestigious culinary competition, the "Gold Medal Plates." Over the years he has prepared dishes with David Zuddas in France and Rob Feenie in Vancouver, and worked in renowned restaurants in Montreal, including the Bastide and Caprices de Nicolas. In 2004, Juneau opened La Montée de Lait and in early 2011, he was chosen to be the Executive Chef at Newtown restaurant. Not long afterwards, he decided it was time to have his own restaurant again, opening Pastaga in December 2011. Pastaga quickly became popular for its subtle cuisine and Juneau’s emphasis of Quebec’s terroir products, and in 2012 it was selected as the 5th best new restaurant in Canada, by En Route magazine.

Juneau is often invited to judge popular Quebec cooking shows and is definitely an audience favorite in the province. He is always looking for new challenges, and has developed other projects including a new ice-cream truck, "Mr. Creamy," and the Sir Joseph gastro pub. Juneau is also the brains behind the innovative "Canadian Mondays," where Canada's best chefs are invited to cook in Pastaga’s kitchens.

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