First Michelin star for 12 restaurants in Flanders


Top chefs with new restaurants in Flanders are finding themselves back in the Michelin guide, which publishes its new edition this week

Stars for Desramaults, Van Hecke

Twelve restaurants in Flanders and one in Brussels were awarded their first Michelin star this week. The famous restaurant guide announced the stars that would appear in its 2018 edition, which publishes on Thursday.

A notable first star went to Chambre Séparée in Ghent, the restaurant opened by Kobe Desramaults (pictured) in June that serves a set menu of 20 courses and limits reservations to 16 people. Geert Van Hecke, meanwhile, who closed his three-star restaurant De Karmeliet in Bruges a few years ago, has now earned a star with his more casual eatery, Zet’Joe, also in Bruges.

In Brussels, L’Ecailler du Palais Royal, run by chef Maxime Maziers in the Zavel neighbourhood, has won a star back. The 50-year-old restaurant once had two Michelin stars but lost them both over the years.

Belgium’s only three-star restaurants, meanwhile, retained their top status – Hof van Cleve in Kruishoutem and Hertog Jan in Zedelgem. And finally, three restaurants earned a second star: Boury in Roeselare, Vrijmoed in Ghent and La Source in Lanaken.

Photo courtesy Captain Critic