a passionate culinary community connects the region

Marysol Foucault, photographed in front of her Gatineau restaurant Chez Edgar.

What a treat it was to meet and photograph award winning Chef Marysol Foucault earlier this week and it was fun to do it while set up in the middle of the street in front of her restaurant. I’ve been following her on Twitter and Instagram for quite some time and everyone I know who’s eaten at her restaurant raves about her wonderful food and her humble yet passionate presentation of her restaurant. I feel like I’m the only person left in Ottawa who hasn’t eaten at her restaurant Chez Edgar, but I’m going to remedy that this week I promise!!!

To finally meet Marysol was to really experience her passion in person, and so cool to be able to ask her what she loves about the Ottawa and Gatineau region. I love that so many of her answers were focused on the dynamic connection between Ottawa, Hull, Gatineau and Aylmer. She really loves the abundance or green-space which keeps her grounded and at home here. “I love that we have cycle paths that connect the dots between Ottawa/Hull/Aylmer/Gatineau and allows us to really appreciate that we have so much green-space.”

© dwayne brown studio  – the  loveOttawa  project

© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project

It may seem obvious, but Marysol really loves the booming local restaurant community. “I am proud to be here as the restaurant scene is booming and finding its groove. There is a great sense of community that is humbling.” It’s so difficult for Marysol to name just a few of the restaurants she loves the most in Ottawa, but some of her restaurant/bar crushes include Supply & Demand and The Wellington Gastropub which are closest to her home in Aylmer. Other Ottawa restaurants she loves are Town, Union 613, Murray Street and Allium. “I feel I can always just go as I am, even tired from work, dine or snack in a casual setting, and the guarantee that I will always have great food and excellent service.”

Marysol loves that the region is finding it’s culinary identity. She’s happy that we have less and less copies of successful restaurants from other cities, and less copycat restaurants in our own city. “There is a curiosity about craftsmanship that is beautiful and that will most probably result in restaurants/chefs each embracing a specialty.” The region is so rich with tradition and Marysol is very proud to know how to prepare Québécois dishes and it makes her so happy to share it at Chez Edgar – be it as small as a garnish of pets-de-soeur on a brunch plate, or going full-on ragoût de pattes de cochon and cipaille at Christmas. “It is who I am, no matter what language I speak, where I live, where I work.”

A close to home gem in Aylmer that Marysol loves is Cassis Gelato “Nami, the owner and her husband are such genuine people with such a good product.” She feels the same about Corazon de Maiz in the Market. “Eric and Mariana are amazing and such hard workers.”

Marysol has such a generous spirit and heart – she’s so proud of her team at Edgar and she is very passionate to be a part of the Ottawa/Gatineau culinary community. Giving back with her cooking talent is also very important to her – in November she’ll be cooking as part of a team for the Gala des Grands Chefs for a very important and very dear to her heart fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. She also donates time and food to the Ottawa Food Bank and to Harmony House every year.

Thanks so much to Marysol Foucault for sharing what she loves about the Ottawa region and for being so passionate about our culinary community. To find out more about Marysol and Chez Edgar, you can take a peek at: www.chezedgar.ca and you can see loads of beautiful food on her Instagram feed at: @marysolfoucault  You can also follow her on twitter at: @chezedgar