BRUGES: Inspired by his culinary discovery trips through Asia, Gert de Mangeleer is launching a new concept this year. Under the name Chef’s Invitation, Gert de Mangeleer of the Hertog Jan *** Restaurant Group will regularly invite his friends from all over the world to cook together in one of his restaurants.
Two such events are already on the calendar for 2020. The very first ‘invitation’ takes place at LESS Eatery in Bruges on 29 and 30 January with chef Susumu Shimizu of Anis and chef Hiroyasu Kawate from Florilege (two Michelin stars and no 5. in the Asian 50 best). Both chefs have restaurants in Tokyo.
This is not the first time that Hiroyasu Kawate from Florilege cooks in Belgium as he had already been guest of Gert de Mangeleer at the three Michelin star Hertog Jan before it closed.
Japan is in the spotlight this year particularly because of the Olympic Games that take place this summer. But next to this sporting side, Japan is also a culinary destination that continues to inspire many Western chefs with its innovative and refined kitchen. Moreover, it is no secret that Gert de Mangeleer has been regularly visiting Japan on culinary journeys and is particularly inspired by Japanese cuisine.
Both Shimizu and Kawate are trained in classic French cuisine though they have masterfully mixed it with their Japanese roots. This sophisticated mix will stand out during the very first edition of “Chef’s Invitation”.
Both chefs will prepare a special tasting menu together with Gert De Mangeleer and Ruige Vermeire at LESS Eatery. At the end of 2019, LESS Eatery received its first Michelin star, barely 9 months after its opening in February.
This very first Chef’s Invitation takes place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January at LESS Eatery in Bruges at 7 pm each time.
The next edition of Chef’s Invitation will follow at Less Eatery on 6 and 7 May, with chef Jordy Navarra from restaurant Toyo Eatery (n ° 43 in the Asian 50 Best) in Manila, Philippines.