Why should a restaurant stay closed when the chef is on holiday? At a time when costs of property and rent are very high globally, wouldn’t it be a good idea to give promising staff the potential to flourish?
That is what chef William Sigurdarson and his wife Joke Michel have decided to do this summer. They will keep the restaurant open in July while they are away.
During July, chef Radu Iliescu will take over the kitchen of Souvenir in Gent, Belgium as he showcases his talent in the setting of Souvenir. They have called the pop-up Radu takes over.
The lunch menu will be set at EUR 33 for arrivals between 12 noon and 2pm while the dinner menu will cost EUR 44 for arrivals between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.
The chef will also prepare snacks and extra dishes to pimp up the menu for guests who wish.
Bookings can be made online or else you can just walk in and get available seats.
The Icelandic chef made a name for himself at Souvenir in Ypres before moving to Gent to open the restaurant there last year. Earlier this year, Kobe Desramaults also gave staff at the restaurant Chambre Separee the possibility to ‘play’ while he was away. The event called “While the Cat is away the mice can play” granted his team the possibility to create a menu for guests who knew in advance that the chef would not be at the restaurant.
Is Gent leading the way?