BRUSSELS: For Belgian chef Yves Mattagne, chef of 2 Michelin Star restaurant Sea Grill 2020 had to be a very special year. After 30 years, the restaurant closed on December 31, 2019 when the hotel where it was housed closed for refurbishment.
2020 had to be the year that he reopened his restaurant at Villa Lorraine, the legendary Brussels address that became the first restaurant outside of France to clinch 3 Michelin stars. Alas, that was not to be though the restaurant is now scheduled to reopen in early 2021, COVID-19 permitting.
That should materialise through his collaboration with the Litvine family, owners of a number of restaurants in Brussels including Villa Lorraine. He has been working on a brand new menu and this new address should enable Mattagne to express all his talent.
While waiting for the reopening of Villa Lorraine, Yves Mattagne has been exploring the digital world. He has just launched his Instagram account and has also immersed himself into the world of online cooking with a first edition available as from Monday December 14 on Storyple.
During 2020, he coached his sous-chef Mallory Gabsi who reached the semi-final of Top-Chef France in the process.
He also participated in a number of gastronomic events from the Pop-up restaurant Dream Eat for the Dream Cars at the 2020 Auto Show, Dinner on the Boat Gastronomic cruise and Dinner in the Sky which celebrated its 8th Brussels edition at Place de Broukere in the city centre.
He was also involved in the launch of Art Club, a Place Royale pop-up restaurant that was open in between the two lockdowns and which was immediately successful with its concept of tapas from around the world to share.
In 2020, he also consulted for many restaurants and hotels such as the Hotel Radisson Beach Mlatos as well as Gaufres & Waffles, the successful Brussels chain as well as various brands like Neuhaus and Unilever.