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Feb 20, 2008 08:52 PM

Who's Montreal's best female chef?

Any opinions?

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  1. I know only 2 woman chef.

    Graziella Battista (originally from Il Sole and now "Graziella") and Racha Bassoul; and I only eat at Racha's place (Bazaar).

    any other ?

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Gita Seaton, who is not a "chef", but is one of the best cooks I have ever worked with. Go eat some appetizers at Club Chasse et Peche. When she opens her own place one day, or whatever she does, I will be among the first to line up at her door. I'd never work for her, though, God love her.

      1. re: Maximilien

        What happened to Racha (Bazaar)? Any news?

      2. when talking about good chefs/cooks we should not forget the thousand women who work in mom and pop places and ethnic restaurents and whose work is not considered important enough for them to be called chefs.

        1. The Thai woman who cooks at Bangkok. Hands down.

          1. In the rest of the Belle Province, Anne Desjardins at l'Eau à la bouche and Diane Tremblay from Le Privilège are well regarded.

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            1. re: ScoobySnacks20

              Don't forget in that case Nancy Hinton from La Table des Jardins Sauvage.

              1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                I ate at Le privilege many years ago and it was the best meal I ever had....and I have eaten at Toque! I still remember her tartare d'agneau as one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. Foodies should go to Chicoutimi just to eat there once in their life!

              2. Emma of da Emma is worthy of consideration. Nancy Hinton would certainly be a good contender. And in the casual dining list Ping of Bahn Lao Thai on Decarie (some excellent and authentic Thai / Laotian food).