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CHEF’S SECRET: CHRISTOPHE HARDIQUEST – BON BON

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Chef’s Secret: Christophe Hardiquest – Bon Bon From furniture shop to gastronomic restaurant Located in the beautiful green quarters of Brussels, the capital of Europe, there’s one of Belgium’s most loved places for gourmands: Restaurant Bon-Bon. In fact chef Christophe Hardiquest is probably the best representative of the Belgian culinary identity, combining classic, flavourful cooking techniques with contemporary influences and a huge love for local produce and preparations.

 

From furniture shop to gastronomic restaurant

The roots of restaurant Bon-bon go back to 2003. After completing his education at the culinary school of Namur and having gained experience in several restaurants, chef Christophe Hardiquest felt it was time to start writing his own story. Looking at the beautiful location and top quality experience you get at Bon Bon today, it’s hard to believe that the chef started his career in a furniture shop in Brussels, having only 2.500 euros in his pocket.He immediately had to spend the little money he had to buy a stove and a dishwasher as no other financial support was involved. With only some family casseroles and his own skills and personality to rely on, Christophe Hardiquest managed to make a great first impression and in no time the place was the talk of the town, somewhere you just needed to go to for great food. The culinary guides and journalists were also attracted by the approach of chef Christophe Hardiquest, resulting in a first Michelin star in 2004.

 

Top of the list

Although things are going great for Bon Bon, their evolution has been healthy and steady. It has been a continuous process of improvement, which got Christophe Hardiquest step by step to the top. A first Michelin star in 2004, the second in 2014 and the third… who knows? In any case this chef is definitely named as one of the favourites to get the highest possible ranking in one of the most famous culinary guides. Gault&Millau, the other important culinary reference in Belgium has rewarded restaurant Bon Bon with a score of 19,5/20, which is not very common of course. And for The Best Chef Awards also, the rapid strides of chef Christophe Hardiquest, haven’t stayed unnoticed. Neither did his philosophy and typical approach, and the way he is passionately involved in the (online) gastronomic community. More than enough reasons we’d say to plan a visit to Brussels to have a tête-à-tête with the amazing chef Christophe Hardiquest.

 

Meet chef Christophe Hardiquest

When we enter the chic villa where restaurant Bon Bon is located, we’re immediately star struck by star struck by the chef’s appearence. He’s quite young, full of energy and also very accessible and welcoming. He’s quite young, energetic, very accessible and welcoming. A rock star, who’d you rather describe as the sympathetic guy next door, not at all a ‘diva’. As soon as we start chatting he passionately shows us around in his restaurant, while stressing multiple times how beautiful the culinary profession (his métier) is. This guy lives to cook, without being obsessed, we’d say. Passion and putting things in perspective, a difficult balance he seems to master. We’re lucky enough to have scheduled our visit to Bon-Bon on a sunny afternoon, so we can have a relaxed conversation with the chef in the garden. A place of peace and calmth just near the busy city of Brussels. It can’t get any better than that we’d say.

 

Hungry for More & The Best Chef (Chef’s Secret): Thanks for having us here today at Bon-Bon. We’re very happy to discover your restaurant. Can you tell us how it all got started here for you?

See more in this article: 

https://www.hungryformore-mag.com/en/eating-out/chefs-secret-christophe-hardiquest-bon-bon/

 

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Chef’s Secret: Christophe Hardiquest – Bon Bon

Christophe Hardiquest is probably the best representative of the Belgian culinary identity, combining classic, flavourful cooking techniques with contemporary influences and a huge love for local produce and preparations.

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Guide Michelin
  ETOILES 20ETOILES 20
 
Gault & Millau : 19,5/20
 TOQUES 20PXTOQUES 20PXTOQUES 20PXTOQUES 20PXTOQUES 20PX  
 
TABLES 75PX

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