03/11/2014 03:16 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Toronto Food: Terroir Food Conference Hits City This Spring

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TORONTO - Celebrated Canadian and international chefs will headline an annual educational conference focusing on the hospitality industry this spring in Toronto.

Montreal's Normand Laprise, co-owner of the restaurant Toque, is slated to take part in the Terroir Hospitality Symposium on May 12, the organization said in a statement. Laprise recently won a Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best cookbook of the year in English and French for "Toqué! Les artisans d'une gastronomie Quebecoise."

Also participating are David Chang of New York's Momofuku fame, whose Toronto restaurants are next door to the tony Shangri-La Hotel, Chef Daniel Boulud, whose two Canadian locations, Cafe Boulud at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel and Maison Boulud in Montreal, join his roster of establishments in New York, Palm Beach, Miami, London and Singapore, and Chef Albert Adria, who gained a reputation in the culinary world cooking with older brother Ferran in their award-winning Spanish restaurant El Bulli and now owns several restaurants, including Tickets.

Terroir, celebrating its eighth year, brings together influential chefs, food and wine experts, restaurateurs and global influencers in gastronomy. This year's theme is "Growing Ideas: community building and creative collaboration in the world of gastronomy," which will showcase examples of how the industry shares ideas and collective resources to build strength.

Presentations will look at how individuals, organizations and communities work together for a greater common purpose, thereby building a strong collective.

Other participants at the event, chaired by Arlene Stein and taking place in Toronto's Arcadian Court, include comedian Shaun Majumder, who launched the eco-friendly inn Majumder Manor in his hometown of Burlington, N.L., and David MacMillan and Frederic Morin of the three Montreal restaurants Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Le Vin Papillon.

For the third year, awards to showcase individuals across all fields of hospitality will be handed out. Nominations for the six categories — best restaurateur in Canada (owner/operator), outstanding chef, pastry chef, service professional, supplier and the OceanWise award for advocacy in sustainable seafood — close April 26.

For tickets, which are $229 plus HST can be found here

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