12 December: The annual Gala of the Club was held at the Sea
restaurant in Brussels. After dinner, Jacques Dugait, President of the Club,
and Gérald Heim de Balsac, Secretary General of the International Academy
of Gastronomy handed to Mr Fabrice Hulster, the Sommelier Award of the International
Academy. This exceptional evening closed the year Gourmet Club [photos].
15 November: The Club took the opportunity of the arrival of the autumn
and of the hunting season to travel to the heart of the Famenne in a restaurant
known for its traditional cooking, its top quality products, but also its
provocative name: Le Fou est belge
in Heure-en-Famenne. For over 32 years, Chef Daniel Van Lint, greets in
a slightly rustic setting, lovers of authentic cuisine rid of unnecessary
11 October: Dinner at the restaurant De Tuinkamer
in Beerzel [photos].
Behind an ancient half-timbered façade, the Club was surprised to enter
the restaurant through a traditional bakery. Chef Ken Verschueren, 35, graduated
from the Hotel School in Koksijde, spent four years with Sergio Herman (3
Michelin stars in the Netherlands) and decided to install his restaurant
in his native village.
14 September: The Club discovered the talents of Chef Bert Meewis, owner
in Opglabbeek Slagmolen and rewarded by a 18/20 in Gault & Millau and
two Michelin stars [photos].
31 August: Award of the 2013 High Gastronomy Prize
to Chef Pierre Massin of restaurant Chai Gourmand
3 July: Award of the 2013 Crystal Prize to
Christophe Hardiquest, Chef of Bon-Bon
restaurant in Brusels [photos].
21-22 June: The Club travelled to the Netherlands for an extended week-end
in the central region of the country. Aside from visiting the Het Loo Royal
Palace and the Kroller-Muller museum, it was an excellent opportunity to
discover the top tables of the Guelderland and Overijssel provinces:
in Hoog-Soeren [photos],
in Zwolle [photos]
and finally Kasteel Engelenburg in Brummen [photos].
10 May: After a visit to the Royal Museum of Mariemont, the Club went
for dinner in restaurant Au Gré du Vent
in Seneffe. The restaurant had recently received it first star in the Michelin
Guide and its Chef, Stéphanie Thunus, had just been award the title of 'Lady
Chef of the year 2014' by the 'Ambiance Culinaire' magazine. Gault &
Millau named her 'Grand de Demain' 2014 for Wallonia [photos].
27 April: With the beginning of spring, the Club went breathing the
fresh hair of the fields of the Hennuyères region, for a lunch at restaurant
in Maisières. Chef Benoit Neusy had been named by Gault & Millau two
years earlier 'Grand de Demain'; the same year he was awarded his first
Michelin star [photos].
22 March: General Assembly of the Club in restaurant L'Épicerie,
Méridien hotel, Brussels [photos].
28 February: Where used to be restaurant Bon-Bon, now works a young
Chef who trained at Sea-Grill. The award of his first Michelin star in 2013,
was a good opportunity for the Club to discover his restaurant:
Va Doux Vent in
18 January: The Club started the year 2014 with a dinner of Italian
gastronomy at restaurant La Caneva in Brussels [photos].