Generation Vegetable Garden recognized
Yesterday saw the launch of the Michelin Guide for Belgium-Luxembourg at the Flanders Expo in Ghent. In this edition of the gastronomic guide, the younger generation chefs receive more attention than the established heavyweights. One of the main reasons for this young wave is the team of chef Gert De Mangeleer 34 and sommelier Joachim Boudens 31 at restaurant Hertog Jan in Bruges that received 3 stars; an honour bestowed on only a few fortunates like Peter Goossens from Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem and Geert Vanhecke from De Karmeliet in Bruges. The distinction came as quite a surprise and met with considerable approval. Moreover Bruges can boast with even more new talent following Filip Claeys from De Jonkman’s promotion from two to three stars. The promotion of these young chefs recognises the fresh, more natural style which characterises the new generation of top chefs, which diverts from the more classic French cuisine. They all favour a more accessible atmosphere and choose fresh, responsibly grown products grown in their own region. Hertog Jan has even its own kitchen garden and full-time gardener. The idea of a ‘local kitchen’ received similar acclaim earlier this month during the presentation of the GaultMillau guide, but with less accent on the younger talents, proving that for once Michelin was the less conservative of the two.