Maxime Maziers, the 29-year-old chef of the one Michelin star Brussels restaurant L’Ecailler du Palais Royal has announced today that he will be taking over the legendary Brussels restaurant Bruneau.
The young Belgian chef had been sous-chef at Restaurant Bruneau and worked under Jean-Pierre Bruneau for five years before moving on to clinch a star for L’Ecailler du Palais Royal.
Maziers announced that he will become the chef-patron of Bruneau and will retain the name of the restaurant of previous chef who retired and closed the restaurant earlier this year on 22 January.
Bruneau had said when he closed the restaurant due to retirement that he hoped that the person who took over the would be a ‘chef-patron’ and not just an investor looking to place a chef in the restaurant. “Today’s trend, if you look at the top restaurants is that they are owned by investors who put a chef to work there. What I wanted was not an investor but someone who was passionate to start with. I am extremely proud because Maxime has enormous talent,” said Bruneau.
Bruneau said that after working five years with him, Maxime had gone to work in different restaurants with chefs and investors and also clinched a star for a restaurant he worked in. He now returns back to the roots. He is ambitious and this is what will take him to the top. I am certain that a new star will shine on Bruneau. Some might say it is not easy for a young chef to take over a prestigious house but Maxime is a safe pair of hands and I will make myself available if necessary. It is a great honour for me that Maxime takes over the restaurant and keeps the name,” he said.
The restaurant has been open in Ganshoren, Brussels, since March 1975 and the chef had managed to clinch three Michelin stars between 1988 and 2004, something which is not common for the Belgian capital.
The new restaurant opens on 1 June. “I will create my own menu but I will retain the classic dishes of Mr Bruneau according to the seasons for example the carpaccio of langoustines with caviar cream or the fillet of beef Rossini. They are signature dishes which form an integral part of Bruneau and I want the regular clients to rediscover them again,” Maziers said.
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