Originally from Perpignan in the south of France and established in Quebec City for the past ten years, Stéphane Modat is one of the great chefs of his generation. He has been at the stoves of the prestigious restaurant Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier, triple Michelin starred, of the illustrious Pourcel brothers, at the Château de Divonne in Divonne les bains, as well as on the French Riviera at Christian Plumail's restaurant L'Univers.
When he arrived in Quebec City, he worked for three years alongside Yvan Lebrun at the restaurant L'Initiale. Later, he became the chef and co-founder of the renowned restaurant Utopia. Since 2013, Stéphane Modat has been Chef of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac restaurants, where he has brilliantly reviewed the institution's menus. In April 2015, he was inducted as Maître Cuisinier de France. He is also the author of several cooking books, including Cuisine de chasse and Cuisine de pêche, in which he shares his passions.
Nature lover, locavore, Stéphane is a seasoned hunter and fisherman. His outings in the great outdoors, particularly in the Far North of Quebec, allow him to reappropriate the know-how and traditions to offer himself simple pleasures while putting forward in his own way his main working tool: the terroir.
Chef of the new generation, Modat is creative, sensitive and surprising: he dares several combinations of ingredients giving a real uniqueness to his cuisine. Heir to a great culinary tradition, his cuisine is nevertheless as surprising as it is modern. More than creation, his cuisine is about innovation, which implies as much an in-depth reflection on the techniques and ingredients used as it does take risks.
Finally, for the past few years, Stéphane Modat has been a regular guest, as a chef and speaker, for many events. He was notably in charge of the realization of the VIP, private and very popular Formula 1 event in Montreal, at the residence of Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil.