The exclusive setting of the restaurant featuring clean lines, natural colours and a magnificent view of the Milanese skylines, is hosting the first session of the showcase on January 26th, which will see chef Gert de Mangeleer taking over Filippo Gozzoli’s kitchen – Executive chef at the Armani/Ristorante.
Young chef Gert de Mangeleer, of Hertog Jan Restaurant, caused quite a stir when they took over restaurant Hertog Jan, located in the beautiful city of Bruges, Belgium, in 2005. Just one year later, in 2006, followed by rave reviews from local press and prestigious culinary organisations alike, the restaurant was awarded its first Michelin star, followed by its second in 2009 and ultimately its third in 2011, which it has maintained ever since.
Overseeing the kitcchen at hertog Jan as executive chef, Gert produces dishes using modern techniques and his own home-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers which he grows at a nearby farm in Zedelgem. In addition to his dedication to the kitchen at restaurant Hertog Jan, chef Mangeleer is also an avid supporter of the “Young Chefs” project of the Flemish Ministry of Tourism, which he helped pioneer in 2011.
The Belgian talent is one of the leaders of the european cookery nouvelle vague and promoter of the Kitchen Rebels group, which gathers some of the best kitchen representatives from the Flanders. His restaurant retains three Michelin stars. Menu highlights from Chef Mangeleer's event include; Egg 65°, parmesan foam, roasted romanesco cabbage, duxelle, black truffle, pimenton and fish eggs crumble; Rose of Sea bass and black radish served with oil of African marigold and fermented tomato juice; Butternut “Dim Sum” filled with Tartar of Langoustine in combination with passion fruit, cocoa and vanilla; Smoked Eel from ‘Oosterschelde’ with duck liver, winter radish and Dashi of smoked Eel; Oxtail stew with black truffle and potato foam; Aged Duck de Chalans smoked with hay, red beetroot and liquorice sauce; Raspberry texture, chocolate sablè and fleur de sel.
The event will be followed by further other sessions with Chefs José Avillez and Sergio Herman. Equally, considered one of the great Portuguese Chefs, José Avillez stands out because of his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further. He currently has five restaurants in Lisbon and one in Oporto, which, while offering different culinary experiences, all express his enormous passion for cooking. At his Belcanto restaurant, awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening, one can enjoy new Portuguese cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere that still provides some of the former romance of the Chiado district. This is the style that truly defines José Avillez and expresses the course of his creativity.
Lastly, during his time at the helm of restaurant Oud Sluis, Sergio Herman helped the world-renowned dining room gain three Michelin stars and a place on San Pellegrino’s prestigious World 50 Best Restaurants list. In December 2013, Sergio announced the closure of restaurant Oud Sluis in order to concentrate on his other restaurant concepts Pure C and La Chapelle, recently renamed The Jane, as well as his culinary publishing house, Minestrone.
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