01/22/2014 04:14 EST | Updated 03/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Montreal chef wins Canadian cookbook of year for 'Toque!' at international awards

TORONTO - The Canadian culinary world was atwitter over the release of the country's winners of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

"Toqué!" by Normand Laprise, co-owner and chef of Toque! restaurant in Montreal won best cookbook of the year in English and French in the awards, dubbed by those in the industry "the Oscars of the food industry." The book was published by Editions du Passage.

Among the winners in English for books published in 2013 were chef and television personality Lynn Crawford, who took the honours in the woman chef category for "At Home With Lynn Crawford" (Penguin); Montreal chef Chuck Hughes for "Chuck's Day Off" (HarperCollins), the book based on his TV show; and "The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses With Food and Drink" by Lucy Waverman and Beppi Crosariol (HarperCollins) was called Canada's best food and drinks book.

Peggy Kotsopoulos won for first cookbook for "Kitchen Cures" (Penguin).

"The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine and Cheese Maker: An Okanagan Cookbook" by Jennifer Schell was recognized for local cuisine, while CBC TV food personality Stefano Faita won for the country's best Italian cookbook for "In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita" (Penguin).

Betty, Eleni and Samantha Bakopoulos won for Mediterranean cuisine for "Three Sisters Back to the Beginning: Timeless Greek Recipes Made Simple" (Adelfes); "Eat Street" (Pintail Penguin) by James Cunningham got the nod for street food; and for Japanese cuisine it was "Let's Cooking: Japanese Cooking at Home, Vol. 1 by Hana Etsuko Dethlefsen (Let’s Cooking).

For translation it was "Soupesoup" by Caroline Dumas, translated by Jessica Echenberg (HarperCollins).

P.E.I.'s Michael Smith won for "Back to Basics" (Penguin) in the easy recipes slot; Ted Reader's "Gastro Grilling" (Penguin) won for barbecue; Susan Sampson's "The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook" (Robert Rose) won for vegetarian; Rosie Daykin's "Butter Baked Goods" (Appetite - Random House Canada) won for pastry and sweets; and "Sea Salt: Recipes From the West Coast Galley" by Alison Eathorne Malone, Hilary Malone, Lorna Malone (Harbour Publishing) won for fish and seafood cookbook.

Among French Canadian winners were "Dans la Cuisine de Danny St. Pierre" by Danny St. Pierre (La Presse).

"Rencontres inspirantes pour une cuisine inspirée" by Mélanie Champoux, Club Photo Région Mégantic (Blurb) received a special award of the jury and Josée di Stasio won for "Le Carnet Rouge: Notes pour les temps de fête" (Flammarion)

Jonathan Garnier won for first cookbook for "Entre nous" (Transcontinental).

Award winners were also named in English and French in the categories of health and nutrition, sustainable food, writing, culinary history and travel, charity and fundraising and various beverage categories.

Winners will now go up against winners in the same category from more than 100 other countries for the title The Best in the World. The awards will be handed out in China during the Beijing Cookbook Fair, May 19-21.

The Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau of the liqueur and cognacs family.

For the complete list of winners, visit