In the kitchen with Guillaume Lafond: the little guilty pleasures

In the kitchen with Guillaume Lafond: the little guilty pleasures


Rain or shine, Guillaume Lafond brings with him his guitar and his good humor. Artist on his X like never before, he takes pleasure in sharing, whether on stage or with his friends, around a table full of food. In the kitchen, he likes when there is nothing to do, to use the title of one of his songs. But he is ready to travel for miles to buy breads and pastries in a good bakery. Guillaume puts as much energy into putting the finishing touches to his new songs to present them to his audience as he does into finding the right baguette. 

Gourmet questionnaire 

In the morning, tea or coffee?

A coffee ! Without any hesitation. My favorite thing is waking up to the smell of coffee when I get out of bed. I must admit that I am spoiled for that because it is often my girlfriend who gets up first. It's even better if I can take the time to enjoy my first morning coffee on the balcony in the bright sunshine.

Croissant or oatmeal, fruit…?

Croissant… with chocolate. La chocolatine, thanks to the genius behind its invention. The best ones are made at François's Garde-manger, in Chambly, very close to my home.

Sliced ​​bread or baguette?

If there's a loaf of bread for supper, I don't leave a crumb. I would add that if you want to invite me to dinner, it would be nice to provide a whole baguette for my attention… By the way, thank you to my mother-in-law who supplies me with boxes of bread from Costco!< /p>

Cheese or dessert?

Dessert! Sweet ! Those who know me know that I'm not a big fan of cheese. Simple chocolate chip cookies make me happy.

Meat or fish?

I really like both, but if I had to choose, I would choose meat. Nothing better than a good steak on the BBQ. I like fish at the end of my fishing line.

With steak, salad or fries?

Salad and fries. The salad to feel balanced, but I must admit that I always start with the fries.

Vegetable or meat?

Meat. On the other hand, I know that my girlfriend manages to pass me some tofu without my knowledge, and it's really not bad.

Cake or cookie?

< p>Biscuits, dipped in milk, are very important, they are childhood memories.

Beer or wine?< /p>

Microbrewery beer. I have a big crush on IPA. We have so many choices in Quebec. Moreover, thank you to the Guyon farm in Chambly for their discovery space. I am sure that I will find quality products, it is reassuring and it is always very good. Otherwise, we like to have tastings with friends and that's my “go-to” every time. I also take advantage of it, when I'm in the region for a show, to taste the local beer, it's a world of discoveries.

White or red?

Here, we spoil ourselves with a good bottle of red wine. We know we have something to celebrate when we treat ourselves to a good Amarone.

Bubbles or cocktail for the aperitif?

A good cocktail. For my album launch, we had prepared a special cocktail menu. My cocktail of choice remains the ” long island iced tea “, which I affectionately named the ” nothing to do ” related to my first single and also related to what I do when I drink one: I relax.

Tell me about your favorite kitchen accessory and why did you choose it?

The toaster is my best friend. Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I like to make sandwiches in the toaster. Egg sandwiches are my BIG specialty.

Do you have a little ritual when you prepare meals? A little glass of wine, background music, are you singing?

When I cook supper, music is playing for sure. I often cook with my girlfriend, we take the opportunity to do a few dance steps.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you make for your guests?

I like to make my breakfast sandwiches for guests: eggs, bacon, mayonnaise and sriracha. It's a winner every time.

Tell me about the culinary achievement you're proud of.

I'm very proud when I succeed in not not make my rice stick. (Laughs) It doesn't happen often… Besides, we had found a very efficient rice cooker, but we put it on the stove. Whoops ! Back to the good old method that makes the rice stick…

Tell us that you have ever served a completely failed dish… lol

I am quite conservative in the kitchen. The problem in my case is rather the timing… A lit circle is fine. Two rounds, I manage. More than that, I call my girlfriend for help and she saves the day.

Best restaurant dining experience ever?

Pizza straight out of the oven in Naples, Italy, when I worked on cruise ships! I will always remember that. We are always looking for our gourmet memories, sometimes it stays in memory for a long time before finding exactly the same feeling of flavor, in short, I also have to go back to Italy. (Laughs)

What did your kitchen smell like when you were little?

Spaghetti sauce. Mmmm. I'm still going to look for dishes at my mom's, by the way. Thanks mum! I also remember the large tables, still today, without fuss, without flafla, the fondue or the raclette in the center of the table. Everyone helps themselves with a multitude of toppings, it's festive, it doesn't take long to make, conversations are casual, happiness. 

Address books < /h3>

Your favorite restaurants?

Paccini (the bread!!!!), Como pizzeria (the classic when I go back to my old hometown) and the St-Hubert (every time, I take the piri-burger piri).

Favorite restaurant outside Montreal?

At the corner of the Bay, in Chambly. This is where my girlfriend and I go if we want to spoil ourselves with a nice evening and good food! We are always very well received and the food is extremely good.

Favorite culinary products?

I love eating butter chicken. It's one of my favorite foods, and I always make it with “Patak” sauce. Naan bread dipped in this sauce; pure delight!

Favorite dish at the restaurant?

When I go to a restaurant, it's very rare that I don't choose a good burger. This is always the dish that makes me salivate the most when I look at the menu. Beef tartars and even salmon tartars, the recipes and preparations are often different from one place to another, so I test, on occasion.

What can't I? don't you spend in the kitchen?

I can't do without the help of my girlfriend… My cooking knowledge is very limited. My girlfriend has a lot more than me, so her help is essential. She shows me, she's a good teacher and I'm a student who learns every day.

A culinary favourite?

A chicken pita Shish-Taouk. Yum. Since I tasted this, I have a hard time not stopping when I pass by a Lebanese restaurant.

Guilty gluttony?

A bowl of cereal before I go to bed. Ever since I was little, I've been doing this, and I really think it's become an addiction, there is still something very comforting about childhood there.

Your favorite style of cooking?

Greek cuisine. I have traveled a lot singing on cruise ships, and I have never enjoyed myself as much as when I was in Greece. We were always in restaurants stuffing our faces…I want to go back. (Laughs)