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MOSCONI awarded two stars in the MICHELIN Guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2017

Michelin is delighted to be able to unveil the new selection in the MICHELIN Guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2017, which rewards 143 Michelin-starred restaurants. The new selection highlights the talent of a generation of young chefs who promote the dynamism of local gastronomy.

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After the recent closure of the De Karmeliet restaurant in Bruges, which has been in the guide since 1984, Belgium now has two three-star restaurants: Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem) and Hertog Jan (Zedelgem), two establishments where chefs Peter GOOSSENS and Gert De MANGELEER offer very high standard cuisine; cuisine that anchors these establishments in the very closed circle of restaurants that are worth a detour.

In its 2017 selection, the MICHELIN Guide awards two stars to a new restaurant, Mosconi, located in Luxembourg which thus recaptures the distinction attributed a few years ago. 

Italian chef Illario MOSCONI conquered the inspectors with his audacity. Refocusing on his cuisine, each of his dishes offers a real explosion of Italian flavours. Dinner at Mosconi means rediscovering authentic Italian dishes prepared with quality ingredients perfectly elevated: true happiness for the senses!

Michael ELLIS, International Director of MICHELIN Guides

The 2017 selection also reveals the potential of the younger generation trained by the great names in gastronomy. After having perfected their techniques, these chefs have no hesitation in opening their own establishments, meeting with great success among the local clientele; for example Castor, in Beveren-Leie, gets one star this year. There, chef Maarten BOUCKAERT combines classic cuisine with more contemporary touches. The same applies to Colette, in Westerlo and Vol-Ver, in Marke, two restaurants distinguished with one star where, having passed through renowned establishments, chefs Thijs VERVLOET and Sébastien VERVERKEN offer generous and subtle cooking skills that showcase classic flavours combined with more modern notes.

Other restaurants that have been established in the local gastronomic landscape for several years also receive their first star this year; for example Kelderman in Aalst, where chef Bart TASTENHOYE beautifully enhances the quality of the produce which he elevates with delicious sauces, and 't Korennaer in Nieuwkerken-Waas where Edwin VAN GOETHE offers cuisine whose creativity is perfectly dosed, with pronounced and well balanced flavours.

In Brussels, Bozar Brasserie, located in the centre of the Belgian capital, has been awarded one star: a restaurant where the young chef Karen TOROSYAN proposes brilliantly reinvented traditional dishes. In Ixelles, the restaurant Villa Emily offers Mediterranean flavours, and also gets its first star, as does Wine in the City in Jette.

Finally, in the town of Saint-Vith, chef Ricarda GROMMES in Quadras offers feminine and elegant cuisine, where the guests can enjoy an experience best described as embodying creativity and refinement.

The MICHELIN Guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2017 also rewards 179 restaurants with a Bib Gourmand, among which are no less than 25 newcomers. All these restaurants offer a complete menu for under 37 euros, and testify to the diversity and richness of the gastronomy available in Belgium and Luxembourg.

The MICHELIN Guide Belgium and Luxembourg 2017 will go on sale on 24 November. This 61st edition has:

143 starred restaurants

  • 2 restaurants with three stars
  • 21 restaurants with two stars, including one new restaurant
  • 120 restaurants with one star, including nine new restaurants

179 restaurants Bib Gourmand, with 25 new restaurants.


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