Bon Bon, the two Michelin star restaurant in Brussels of chef Christophe Hardiquest is set to join 12 other Belgian restaurants in the ‘Les Grandes Tables du Monde’ list, Pierre Wynants, the vice president of the association announced when he was speaking during a discussion on a recent book he co-authored on Belgium’s culinary future earlier this week.
Christophe Hardiquest will join the other Belgian chefs who are part of 167 restaurants in 24 countries worldwide. It will be the fifth Brussels based restaurant on the list following Jean-Pierre Bruneau (Bruneau), Laurence and Lionet Rigolet (Comme Chez Soi), Pascal Devalkeneer (Chalet De la Foret) and Yves Mattagne (Sea Grill).
Brussels lacks a three Michelin star restaurant after Comme Chez Soi lost the third star upon the retirement of Pierre Wynants. Gault Millau awarded Bon Bon 19.5 out of 20 in its latest guide for Belgium and Luxembourg.
This year, Belgian chef Sang-hoon Degeimbre (L’Air du Temps) joined the list together with Pierre Gagnaire, Thierry Marx (Sur Mesure)and Claude Bosi (Hibiscus)among others.
The Les Grandes Tables du Monde is to the restaurant world what the Relais and Chateaux is to the world of hotels. It brings together a selection of the finest restaurants in the world. The six founding members of the Association in 1954 were Jean Barnagaud (Prunier), André Vrinat (Taillevent), René Lasserre (Restaurant Lasserre), Claude Terrail (La Tour d’Argent), Raymond Oliver (Le Grand Véfour), Louis Vaudable (Maxim’s).
The founders of the association quickly decided to open their doors to new members in France. By 1956, the Association had 19 members of which 13 were in the provinces. From the 1960s, the Association opened its membership to restaurants throughout the world. This allowed gourmet diners to benefit from excellence over four continents.