Born in a family of restaurateurs, Bastien’s father Richard is the chef and owner of three restaurants in Québec: Leméac in Montreal, Le Café des Beaux-Arts in the Museum of Fine Arts, and Le Mitoyen in Laval. When Bastien was 12, he started helping his father at Le Mitoyen. He attended the Institut du Tourisme et d’ Hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and apprenticed under the direction of Chef Ian Perreault at Area. He then travelled to France to work for Chef David Zuddas at the Michelin starred L’Auberge de la Charme in Burgundy. He worked with Chef Nancy Oaks at Boulevard in San Francisco before making his way to Vancouver to work with Chef Rob Feenie at Lumiere. In 2007, he signed on to be executive chef at Vancouver’s Boneta. After a 10 year hiatus from Montreal, he moved home to work alongside his father at Leméac. A fourth Bastien establishment, Monarque, opened in 2015.