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Maison Publique cucumber dressing

The Maison Publique sauces all have one thing in common: zero compromise on ingredient quality and freshness. They were inspired by the menu at the British-style Montreal restaurant of the same name, run by chef Derek Dammann and opened in 2012 with Jamie Oliver’s backing. Derek wanted to create a range of sauces to honour the level of culinary skill featured at Maison Publique, ranked amongst Canada’s TOP 15 restaurants in 2017.

Why this was created

The cucumber vinaigrette is a classic ingredient in salads served at the restaurant. Customers often ask if they can buy small servings to take home, so they can enjoy once again the flavours of freshly cut cucumber and fragrant dill.

Derek’s suggested uses

On salads made with fish and citrus, on smoked salmon appetizers or on a savoury panna cotta liked the one served at the restaurant !

Fresh cucumber, rice wine vinegar, kosher salt, fresh dill, grapeseed oil, spices, xathan gum


Derek is the talented chef behind Maison Publique, the English gastropub located in the heart of the Plateau-Mont-Royal. He also wrote the new book True North, on Canadian food.

Derek Dammann began his career in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia. He forged his personality as a chef at Zambri’s, then left in his early 20s to travel to London. Just before flying back to Canada, he made a last stop at Fifteen, Jamie Oliver’s restaurant. A waitress let him know the kitchen needed a sous chef and Derek jumped at the occasion to make his mark. He quickly rose to the position of chef de cuisine and spent four years at the famous restaurant.

Forced to leave because of a visa issue, he was motivated to move back to Canada for a young woman. In Montreal, he became chef at the Mansfield, then the DNA, before starting his own business with Jamie Oliver’s support in 2012. That is when he opened Maison Publique, which has now become one of Canada’s best restaurants.

Fun fact

The name Maison Publique was inspired by the English term “public house,” the full expression from which we derived the diminutive “pub” to refer to British bars.