Couple behind three-star Hof van Cleve win international award


Peter and Lieve Goossens of world-renowned restaurant Hof van Cleve have won an award recognising their contribution to the hospitality industry

Hosts with the most

Top Flemish chef Peter Goossens and his wife, Lieve, have won an international award in recognition of their pioneering role in promoting gastronomy in the region.

The couple run Hof van Cleve, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Kruishoutem, West Flanders.

They received the award at a ceremony in Antwerp on Thursday from the European Hospitality Foundation, an umbrella organisation for the hospitality sector. The prize recognises notable contributions to the restaurant industry.

“Lieve and Peter Goossens are passionate about their business, and together they have made an exceptional contribution to the emergence of Belgian gastronomy and hospitality,” said Joan Gaspart of the foundation.

“This award is not just for Peter Goossens but also for his wife, Lieve. She is considered the best host in the country and makes an equal contribution to the success of Hof van Cleve.”

The couple opened their restaurant in 1992. It has since grown to become an icon of Belgian gastronomy and one of the world’s top establishments, with three Michelin stars and 19.5 points out of 20 in the Gault&Millau culinary guide.

Peter Goossens is also heavily involved in promoting Flanders internationally as a culinary destination.

Photo: Heikki Verdurme