Eric Fernez chef of d’Eugénie à Emilie is this year’s Gault & Millau chef of the year. This was announced during the launch of the 2018 guide which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The chef of the restaurant in Baudour, Bergen was given this award for his perfectly executed classic cuisine.
The anonymous inspectors of the guide have visited and reviewed over 1,280 restaurants this year.
Peter Goossens, the chef of Hof van Cleve has retained a 19.5 on 20 score for the 15th year in the row. He is the only chef to have achieved this result for 15 consecutive years. The other restaurant with the same score is Brussels restaurant Bon Bon by chef Christophe Hardiquest.
The new restaurant by Kobe Desramaults in Gent Chambre Separee was awarded 17.5 points, the same score as D’Eugénie à Émilie, Nuance and the Chalet de la Forêt. Newcomers Zet’Joe by Geert Van Hecke and Hoorseele by Dany Hoorseele both got a 17 score.
The young chefs of the year for Gault & Millau are Jo Grootaers (Altermezzo in Tongeren) for Flanders, Ludovic Vanackere (Atelier de Bossimé – Loyers) for Wallonia and Kenzo Nakata (Gramm – Brussels).
The following were the rest of the awards by Gault & Millau
Hostess of the year: Valérie Barbanson (Philippe Meyers – Eigenbrakel).
Italian Chef of the Year: Felice Miluzzi (Rossi-Leuven).
Asian Chef of the Year: Dokkoon Kapueak (Boo Raan – Knokke-Heist).
Terrace of the Year: Fou d’O (Ghent).
Sommelier of the Year: Gianluca Di Taranto (The Jane – Antwerp).
Dessert of the Year: L’Eau Vive (Arbre).
Brasserie of the Year: Brabohoeve (Schilde).
Gastro-bistro of the Year: Bruut (Bruges).
Newcomer of the Year: Chambre Séparée (Ghent).
Wine list of the Year: Terminus (Watou).
Beer list: Edison (Koksijde).
The year’s award-winning ambassadors are Le 203 (Brussels), the Siphon (Damme) and the BaraGoû (Marche-en-Famenne), while the 3 discoveries of the year Transvaal (Auderghem, Brussels), De Stadt van Luijck (Sint-Truiden) and L’Horizon (Chaumont-Gistoux).
This year’s guide also includes a 75 page supplement about Thailand.
The publisher of this guide has also launched a new section called POPs or popular restaurants. The winners were Nona in Brussels, Pépite for Wallonia and Bar Palmier for Flanders. The collection of over 170 addresses can be found here. Discover this unique collection of over 170 addresses
The 2018 guide is available in bookstores this week and costs EUR 29.