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Best Restaurants Canada 2014: Top Chefs Reveal Their Favourites

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It's no surprise that a country as geographically diverse as Canada has a mind-boggling bounty of local ingredients but thanks a booming restaurant movement (and immigrant population), there's never been a better time to dine out from coast to coast. | Rose and Sons

It's no surprise that a country as geographically diverse as Canada has always had a mind-boggling bounty of local ingredients to do wonders with -- but thanks to a booming restaurant movement (and immigrant population), there's never been a better time to dine out at the top spots from coast to coast.

So how do you narrow down what's worth spending your hard-earned money on? We've seen lots of lists on the best restaurants in Canada this year, but they've been missing one important category: where the chefs eat.

In our "Grilled" series over the past year, we asked about 20 top chefs from Canada and around the world (think Renee Redzepi, David Chang and Daniel Boulud) which Canadian restaurants they would recommend, and some of the results may surprise you.

Check out the chefs' favourites (in no particular order) and weigh in with your own picks in the comments below:

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Toque: Montreal

Recommended By: Chef Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe, chef David Lee of Nota Bene, chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut and chef Daniel Boulud of Daniel

Charcut: Calgary

Recommended By: Chef Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe and chef Chuck Hughes of Garde Manger

Rose and Sons: Toronto

Recommended By: Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Hopgoods Foodliner: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Rene Redzepi of Noma and chef David Chang of Momofuku

Maison Publique: Montreal

Recommended By: Chef Rob Gentile of Buca and chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut

Edulis: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station

Cafe Boulud: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Rene Redzepi, Noma

Cafe Boulud: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Rene Redzepi, Noma

Grand Electric: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef David Chang, Momofuku

Grand Electric: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef David Chang, Momofuku

Joe Beef: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, Charcut

Au Pied de Cochon: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan of Joe Beef, chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut and chef Daniel Boulud of Daniel

Le Crocodile: Vancouver

Recommended By: Chef Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe

Sushi Kaji: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef David Lee, Nota Bene

Big Crow: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef David Lee, Nota Bene

L'Express: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, Joe Beef

Canoe: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe

Tuck Shop: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, Joe Beef

Monkland Tavern: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, Joe Beef

Park: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, Charcut

Garde Manger: Montreal

Recommended By: Chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson, Charcut

Raymond's: St. John's

Recommended By: Chef Chuck Hughes, Garde Manger

Bar Isabel: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Chuck Hughes, Garde Manger

Haisai: Singhampton, Ont.

Recommended By: Chef Michael Smith, "Chef Michael's Kitchen"

Actinolite: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Chuck Hughes, Garde Manger

West: Vancouver

Recommended By: Chef Chuck Hughes, Garde Manger

Langdon Hall: Cambridge, Ont.

Recommended By: Chef Michael Smith, "Chef Michael's Kitchen"

Rouge: Calgary

Recommended By: Chef Lynn Crawford, Ruby Watchco

Acadia: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Daniel Boulud, Daniel

Sooke Harbour House: Sooke, B.C.

Recommended By: Chef Michael Smith, "Chef Michael's Kitchen"

Cioppino's: Vancouver

Recommended By: Chef Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe

Inn at Bay Fortune: Bay Fortune, P.E.I.

Recommended By: Chef Michael Smith, "Chef Michael's Kitchen

Ferreira Cafe: Montreal

Recommended By: Chef Daniel Boulud, Daniel

C Restaurant: Vancouver

Recommended By: Chef Lynn Crawford, Ruby Watchco

Lee: Toronto

Recommended By: Chef Daniel Boulud, Daniel

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