Gert De Mangeleer

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Country : Belgium

Restaurant : HERTOG JAN

Address : Loppemsestraat 52 8210 Zedelgem, Belgium

Website : http://www.hertog-jan.com

Gert De Mangeleer took over Brasserie Hertog Jan with his culinary soulmate Joachim Boudens in 2005. Building on his experience working for top chefs in Belgium, Gert transformed the restaurant’s traditional kitchen into something more refreshing, even revolutionary.

Focusing on the ways flavors, structures, and contrasts take shape, Gert makes sure that his dishes stimulate all senses and carry his signature style. Hertog Jan was awarded its first Michelin star in 2006. The second followed in 2009 and the third in 2011. Gert received the European Chef of the Year award in 2014.

At the end of 2010, Gert and his partner Joachim took the next step in the execution of their philosophy by buying their own farm in Zedelgem, close to the city of Bruges. Here, they grow their own vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

In July 2014 the restaurant opened at the same location, integrating it with the historical farm and its surroundings. The 180-year- old barn has been completely renovated and refurbished to host the beating heart of the new Hertog Jan–its kitchen. The new addition hosts the restaurant with a view of the surrounding garden and landscape. The garden, which can be experienced while dining, is the departure point for the guests’ journey of discovery. And just like the dishes created in the kitchen, the garden changes with the seasons.

The complete concept was created by the office of architect Dries Bonamie.

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Awards

  • Youngest Belgian Chef to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars

  • Best European Chef of 2014 by Madrid Fusión

  • 18.5/20 rating from the influential French Restaurant Guide Gault&Millau

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