THE CHEF’S FOIE GRAS

by / Tuesday, 05 December 2017 / Published in FANZINE, OUR LOCAL PRODUCERS

NAME

Clément Le Maux

La Canardière Carignan

 

COMPANY

La Canardière, Carignan, Quebec

 

PRODUCT

Foie gras

 

COMPANY FOUNDED

2000

 

TRAINING

As the son of Quebec’s first foie gras producer, Clément Le Maux was “born in foie gras.” At an early age, he began working on the family farm, which was founded 30 years ago and where he learned the secrets of the artisan tradition.

 

INITIAL SPARK

At the age of 18, following an unpleasant experience with a distributor, Clément decided to distribute foie gras himself. He went on to establish La Canardière. Today, he also handles production and sells directly to restaurants, with no middleman.

 

BIGGEST CHALLENGES

Each serving of foie gras must be identical, which is easier said than done. “Foie gras is a delicate product. For example, the slightest change in the weather can affect the final product. The duckling arrives two days after hatching and leaves at 14 months. We must take great care of it every day.

 

NICE SURPRISES

In addition to a more refined and delicate taste, using 100% natural whole corn in the duck’s diet gives the foie gras from La Canardière a unique yellow-orange colour, its claim to fame.

 

INSPIRATIONS

The new generation of chefs, who are looking for products from Quebec and products that are out of the ordinary. “When I see my foie gras being used by great local chefs who are happy with my product, I am especially proud.

 

ASPIRATIONS

Clément wants to make La Canardière known outside Quebec. “We already have customers in Toronto, and we are targeting the Vancouver and New York markets. Consequently, he plans to double or even triple his production. “I’m young. I want to do more!”

 

FAVOURITE DISH

Salmon tartare

 

ENFANT TERRIBLE SINCE

2016. La Canardière debuted at Les Enfants Terribles following Le combat des villes, a show on Radio-Canada that gave top prize to our executive chef, Simon Laborde. The foie gras presented in the competition came from La Canardière.

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