Tim Boury, the chef of restaurant Boury is the chef of the year for the Belgian and Luxembourg Gault & Millau 2017 guide which is released this week.
Boury’s restaurant is in Roeselare. The Belgian chef had been young chef of the year a few years ago and Philippe Limbourg, director of the guide said “We made no mistake. He has continued to evolve.”
He takes the title from Sang Hoon Degeimbre who was last year’s chef of the year for Gault & Millau.
Mélanie Englebin of restaurant Cécila in Brussels was the young chef of the year together with Thomas Troupin (La Menuiserie – Waimes in Wallonia) and Maarten Bouckaert (Castor – Beveren-Leie in Flanders). The latter, the former sous-chef of Peter Goossens at Hof Van Cleve scored 16 out of 20.
The two top restaurants in Belgium according to Gault and Millau remain Hof Van Cleve and Restaurant Bon Bon in Brussels both with 19.5 points. Hertog Jan moves closer this year with 19 points while The Jane (Antwerp), Cuines33 (Knokke) and D’Eugénie à Emilie (Baudour) received 17 points.
The Artisan chef of the year is a new award launched by Gault & Millau. Karen Torosyan, chef of Bozar Brasserie is the first chef to win this award.
Karlijn Libbrecht of Slagmolen (Opglabeek) is the maitre’ d of the year while Bart Lamon of Château du Mylord (Ellezelles) is Sommelier of the year. The best terrace is at Moulin Hideux in Noirefontaine while you can taste the dessert of the year (made with stilton) is at Vrijmoed in Gent.
The brasserie of the year is Brasserie du Lac in Genval. 5 Flavors Mmei in Antwerp is Asiatic restaurant of the year while Peppe Giacomazza (La Botte in Genk) is the Italian chef of the year for Gault & Millau.
The best quality price ratio restaurant awards went to Sjalotte (Tongeren) in Flanders, Pré de chez Nous in Brussels and la Gastronomie du Mayeur in Wanze in Wallonia.
On the other hand, the discoveries of the year were Willem Hiele in Koksijde in Flanders, Quadras in Sankt-Vith in Wallonia and Chez Augusta in Ixelles, Brussels.
The restaurant with the best wine list is Lemonnier in Lavaux-Saint-Anne.