Christophe Hardiquest, the chef of two Michelin star Brussels restaurant Bon Bon has signed a deal with the new chairman of one of Belgium’s top football clubs RSC Anderlecht to cook at a flagship restaurant that the Brussels team will operate during the club’s home matches.
In a bid to boost the club’s finances, Marc Coucke, the Anderlecht chairman is focusing a lot of his efforts on offering football supporters a culinary offering. Apart from signing Christophe Hardiquest, who has a 19.5/20 score in Gault & Mlllau and who will be cooking at the flagship restaurant, Anderlecht have announced that there will be various food outlets at the Anderlecht stadium. “We will give a great deal of importance to food. After all we live in Belgium,” Coucke said.
While Anderlecht will be playing in the Europa League next season, the club president joked that from a culinary point of view they will be already playing in the Champions League.
There will be a total of six different restaurants in the stadium. These will include Hardiquest’s restaurant, a quality brasserie, a restaurant with the ‘chef of the match’, a buffet formula and a fixed menu formula. In total Anderlecht are expected to serve between 1,500 to 2,000 meals per match or up to 50,000 meals per season.
To stimulate the chefs and ensure quality, Anderlecht have signed a deal with one of the leading culinary guides in Belgium, the Gault & Millau Benelux.
The team of Gault & Millau will evaluate the food on offer at the official matches of RSC Anderlecht which is probably a first in the food and football world.
A team of experienced Gault & Millau inspectors will be present at each competition to evaluate the meals, and to suggest an interesting and varied selection throughout the season. Belgian chefs and products will be at the center of this. Marc Declerck, CEO of Gault & Millau said: “Together with the chefs and caterers we ensure that the culinary offer on RSCA from the first season is Europa League worthy, and from the second season we go for Champions League level.
Meanwhile, the chef of Bon Bon Christophe Hardiquest has ensured his clients he will still be at the Bon Bon restaurant. After all, most of the matches are played on the weekends when his sought-after restaurant is closed.