Mélanie Englebin, chef of former Brussels restaurant Cécila which closed its doors in summer last year will be touring Belgium in what she is calling ‘Cécila’ on tour.
The Brussels Gault & Millau young chef of the year 2017 has teamed up with Philippe Limbourg, former director of Gault & Millau to organise a series of events around Belgium.
The first event will take place at Brussels gourmet supermarket ROB on Friday 1 June and Saturday 2 June at 8pm. Melanie Englebin will also be cooking in the Belgian province of Namur and Luxembourg as well as in Flanders during the summer months.
The young chef became famous in Brussels for sending out a Brussels politician from her restaurant when the pedestrian zone threatened to kill many businesses in central Brussels.
Last year she closed her restaurant not only because of the pedestrianisation of the Brussels centre but also because the kitchen was small and placed constraints on her. She told Food and Wine Gazette that she wanted to have a bigger kitchen to develop her cooking and add more staff in the kitchen. This would enable her to increase the amount of covers to around 30 to 35 persons.
Although she hoped to open late last year, Mélanie is still in search of a location for her new restaurant.
Instead, she has decided to take the restaurant on tour. For the first event, she will buy her produce from Rob and use their restaurant show that she is still on form and ready to open her new place. By here side will be Philip who will look choose the wines from the Rob’s wine cellar which will complement the dishes served by Melanie.
Reservations can be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be sold on a first come first serve basis. The five course menu all inclusive costs EUR 120.