Young, ambitious and adventurous… Jim Ophorst (or “Jimmy”, as most Asian people like to say) is a name to remember, as we expect this talented chef to achieve great things in the future. He has made the Thai island of Phuket a must visit stopover for foodies, establishing a truly unique dining concept, that just got awarded its first Michelin star. Chef Jim Ophorst is also one of the selected chefs for the 2019 The Best Chef Awards, so we paid him a visit to discover his cuisine and philosophy.
Year after year the uncontested number one in Belgian gastronomy. The only Belgian restaurant to hold three Michelin stars, receiving the highest quotation of 19,5/20 in the Gault&Millau guide and ranked number 20 on the list of The Best Chef Awards 2018. No doubt Peter Goossens is one of Belgium’s most respected chefs. He’s also the representative of the true Belgian cuisine in the most refined form and he embodies service with a capital S. But what makes him tick? How did he get at that top level of haute cuisine and how does he and his team manage to give the very best of themselves day after day? Intrigued and curious as we are, we arranged a trip to Hof van Cleve, the culinary temple representing Belgium’s finest.
Brussels. The capital of Belgium and Europe, it’s the place where cultures meet and where creativity has no boundaries. Where else could chef Giovanni Bruno have started a restaurant like Senzanome, where the Italian cuisine is lifted to the highest level. His reinterpretation of Italian classics is focused around honest top quality produce in a simple and refined presentation. It’s all about the details, but everything starts from the basics. Read more
Dining at &moshik is an amazing experience, thanks to the innovative dishes, the delicate tastes and flavours and the amazing location and interior design. The personality of chef extraordinaire Moshik Roth is reflected in everything you see, feel and taste in the menu. A must-visit place when in Amsterdam!
Located in the beautiful green quarters of Brussels, the capital of Europe, there’s one of Belgium’s most loved places for gourmands: Restaurant Bon-Bon. In fact chef Christophe Hardiquest is probably the best representative of the Belgian culinary identity, combining classic, flavourful cooking techniques with contemporary influences and a huge love for local produce and preparations.
To be honest, we must say there are a couple of restaurants that we really adore, places that are just so good, that you’re looking forward to your next visit from the minute the previous one has come to an end. And when a restaurant can meet those extremely high expectations, you know it’s simply top-notch. De Librije in Zwolle is definitely such a restaurant. The former women’s prison, has been turned into a culinary temple where it’s impossible to remain indifferent. The place arouses the heart and the senses instantly, what proves that high-end gastronomy is so much more than extremely tasty food. It’s about an overall experience, a journey, an adventure. Read more
On the 1st of October the results of The Best Chef Awards 2018 have been announced at the gala evening at the Teatro Vetra in Milan. In the presence of more than 300 chefs and industry professionals, chef Joan Roca won the Barilla Top300 Award of The Best Chef, followed by chef Rene Redzepi in the second and chef David Munoz in the third place. 4th place went to Bjorn Franzen and 5th to Jonnie Boer. The category rankings look totally different from last year, with winners from Italy, Dubai, Puerto Rico, Sweden and the US. The 2018 list includes chefs from 41 countries worldwide. Read more
In the mundane mountain town of Courchevel, there’s a unique, well-known building with a rustic white façade. It’s the home of Le Chabichou, one of the most famous hotel – restaurants in the area. Chefs Stéphane Buron and Michel Rochedy present a refined gastronomic cuisine in a wonderful atmosphere. Read more
As official partner we are proud to announce that the global selection of The Best Chef TOP300 is here with all finalists in the running to win The Best Chef Award 2018. The Best Chef Awards Gala will be held later this year on 1st October 2018 in Milan. Read more
Zealeand in The Netherlands, famous for it’s beautiful dunes, the calm atmosphere and the nice views. However, our motivation to drive up to Kruiningen is the high-end gastronomic offer of Manoir Restaurant Inter Scaldes. For years it has been a fixture in the Dutch culinary landscape with a score of 19,5/20 according to Gault & Millau and three Michelin-stars. For ‘Chef’s Secret’ – the collaboration between The Best Chef Awards and Hungry for More, we’re happy pay chef Jannis Brevet and hostess Claudia Brevet a visit, in search of the secret for their success. Read more
What’s better than a culinary weekend in the French speaking part of Belgium. The green hilly fields, the woods and the charming villages are just the perfect setting to relax and unwind. Hostellerie Le Prieuré Saint-Géry in Beaumont is one of those places where time seems to be fluid. When you’re enjoying yourself it feels like an endless moment of joy, but on the other hand that feeling goes away way too fast. This beautiful place has a lot to offer: a cosy and classic interior, a warm and friendly service and a decent, gastronomic cooking style.
No doubt El Poblet* is one of the best restaurants in Valencia. The visionary approach of founding father Quique Dacosta combined with the vibrant city vibes and the competent team creates magical moments for foodies. We just can’t imagine a better start to discover Valencia than by having lunch at El Poblet*. Continue reading to discover the story.
Restaurant Bareiss has taken classic cooking to the very highest level, with quality, flavour and hospitality in pride of place. And all this in the idyllic surroundings of the delightful Black Forest…
Gastronomic enjoyment at Fleur de Sel in Kasterlee
Our visit to Fleur de Sel in Kasterlee is the perfect proof that word-of-mouth advertising works best. A series of beautiful dishes on Instagram, a lot of good reviews online and one of our acquaintances Jürgen, who has already been there 30 (!) times already, made us put this address on top of our wish list. The fact that the restaurant turned out to be open on Mondays – which is the standard closing day for most restaurants – encouraged us to make a reservation immediately. Let’s just start off the week with an afternoon of gastronomic enjoyment. Just because we can 🙂
Do you want to enjoy gastronomic food at a triple A location? Then restaurant ‘t Zilte is the place to be. There are few places that appeal as much to the imagination as the top floor of the MAS in Antwerp, and even more if you know that you are not only spoiled with breathtaking views, but here, your taste buds too will be taken care of.