I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jerome Braure, the Executive Chef of Le Quartz restaurant at the Hilton Montreal/Laval. Mr. Braure was kind enough to talk to me about his upbringing, his career and, most importantly, his rich palate!
Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Where did you grow up?
I was born in Normandy, in the area of Calvados, in France. It is a beautiful region by the sea, therefore my childhood was spent eating mouthwatering seafood! We also used a lot of butter, cream and apples! I come from a region “rich” in variety of delicious foods!
Growing up, did your parents cook a lot? Did you take your passion from them?
Oh yes! My parents love to cook! They still do! Whenever we would have guests over, my father would prepare the main course, while my mother was the expert of desserts! My mother also makes a lot of preserves and jams using products from her garden or from a nearby market. I definitely inherited my passion for food from my parents; I’ve also learned a few tricks from watching them over the years.
What was your favorite dish when you were younger?
So many! Veal kidneys served with my father’s homemade mustard, Sunday night roast beef are among some of the best! As an appetizer, we’d often have snails or oysters! I also have fond memories of my grandmother’s asparagus!
How did you decide to become a Chef?
By watching my father and my grandmother! My grandmother had a restaurant; I spent so many days watching them work that it really made me want to follow in their path!
What do you like most about being a Chef?
The ability to discover new products, new combinations of taste every day! Also, the chance to make people happy by feeding them delicious foods! Seeing their reactions as they taste my food!
Do you have any role models in the industry?
Yes, there are several amazing cooks! The Chef who inspired me the most is Antoine Carême, a French Chef of the 19th century. He was famous for his great dishes and sauces, but he was also an excellent pastry Chef! He really was very versatile, I really admire that!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what food would you bring with you?
Easy: oysters, duck breasts, butter and coffee creamer!
What is your favorite dish on the menu of your restaurant, Le Quartz?
It would be a tie between the grilled beef flank and the poutine served with our homemade gravy and smoked meat!
Le Quartz offers exquisite Mediterranean inspired cuisine, including homemade pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and seafood. It offers an exquisite Table d’hôte, as well as healthy, vegetarian and vegan options. With so many options to choose from, Le Quartz is definitely worth a visit when travelling through Laval! Bon appétit!