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Cooking in Quebec with the help of generative AI

Cheesecake using ingredients from Quebec suggested by the AI.

The introduction of artificial intelligence into our kitchens marks the beginning of a new era, promising to transform our way of cooking and appreciating gastronomy. Particularly in Quebec, this culinary revolution is not limited to simply automating tasks or optimizing preparation processes. It extends to the rediscovery and valorization of unknown or forgotten local ingredients. In this spirit, we invite you to dive into the heart of this transformation, exploring how AI can help us get closer to our Quebec culinary culture.

Quebec cuisine, rich in its heritage and diversity, offers an ideal playground for the integration of AI. Machine learning algorithms and culinary databases can now come together to create innovative recipes, blending tradition and modernity, while highlighting local products.

Beyond novelty and innovation, cooking with AI in Quebec represents a unique opportunity to strengthen the bond between the community and its natural environment. By identifying and incorporating rare local ingredients into our dishes, AI contributes to the preservation of biodiversity and support for regional producers. It is therefore an invitation to rediscover our culinary heritage from a new perspective.

Indeed, it is an opportunity to discover recipes based on sweet clover essence, haskap berry jam, spruce syrup, or wild mushrooms from Gaspésie, for example!

AI and the discovery of rare local ingredients

The use of AI in cooking begins with a thorough understanding of available ingredients, prioritizing local and seasonal products. AI-based systems analyze thousands of recipes to identify innovative flavor combinations, while considering users' preferences and dietary restrictions.

AI democratizes access to quality gastronomy by offering interactive and personalized tutorials, tailored to each user's skill level and dietary preferences.

Moreover, it is possible to ask AI for a personalized recipe by listing the ingredients in the refrigerator that are about to expire! With a little creativity, we can also reduce food waste while discovering new nutritious recipes.


A classic example could be a reinterpretation of the traditional Quebec tourtière (meat pie), with the addition of an underutilized local ingredient, such as a wild mushroom from the region, to enhance the taste and texture of the dish.

To test rarer products, we offer you this cheesecake recipe that highlights sweet clover essence, equivalent to vanilla, and dried lavender and blueberries from Quebec!

Recipe: Blueberry Lavender Cheesecake


• 2 cups crushed Graham crackers

• 1/2 cup melted butter

• 2 cups fresh wild blueberries (Lac-Saint-Jean)

• 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers (from Quebec!)

• 2 tablespoons water

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 3 cups softened cream cheese

• 1 cup sweetened condensed milk

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice

• 1 teaspoon sweet clover essence (instead of vanilla)


  1. Crust Preparation: Mix crushed Graham crackers with melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Freeze for 30 minutes.

  2. Blueberry Lavender Sauce: In a saucepan, combine blueberries, lavender, sugar, and water. Simmer over low heat until the blueberries burst and the sauce thickens. Strain to remove the lavender and let cool.

  3. Cheesecake Filling: Beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, and sweet clover essence, continuing to beat. Fold in half of the blueberry lavender sauce.

  4. Assembly: Pour the cheesecake filling over the crust. Swirl in the remaining blueberry lavender sauce for a visual effect. Freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.

  5. Serving: Let the cheesecake sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lavender if desired.

In the future, AI will allow even more customization of culinary experiences, adapting not only to taste preferences but also to individual nutritional needs. Imagine applications capable of offering fully personalized weekly menus, taking into account users' health goals, and even seasonal variations in available ingredients in Quebec.




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