Gault&Millau's Belgium 2016 winners / Sang Hoon Degeimbre new chef of the year

09.11.2015 - Dries Tack

With over 35.000 copies sold each year Gault&Millau is the leading gastronomic guide in the Belux. Each year the Gault&Millau inspectors anonymously review around 1100 restaurants. This year's edition welcomes more than 10% newcomers worth trying if you love great food.

Chef of the Year 2016

The most important award is the title of "Chef of the Year" (NL : Chef van het jaar / FR Chef de L'année). This year’s winner is Sang-Hoon Degeimbre of l’Air du temps in Liernu. Gault&Millau describes his kitchen as extremely precise, inventive, poetic and daring.

Sang-Hoon Degeimbre Gault&Millau Chef van het jaar Chef de L'année l’Air du temps in Liernu

young chefs of the year

Another great category to try out is that of the “young chefs of the year”(NL : Jonge Topchefs / FR : Jeune Chef). This year's winners are Cédric Delsaut (Bienvenue chez vous - Namen) for Wallonia, Marcello Ballardin (OAK - Gent) for Flanders and Maxime Colin (La Villa Lorraine - Brussel) for Brussels. 

3 promotions & a newcomer at 17/20

3 restaurants get promoted to the 17/20 level and therefore receive their 3th chef's hat: La Paix in Brussels, La Source in Lanaken and Bistro Margaux in Sint-Martens-Bodegem. Newcomer Villa in the sky (Brussels) enters the selection at this top level.

Gault&Millau Jonge Topchef Jeune Chef Marcello Ballardin OAK - Gent

Host of the Year

Thomas Schmidt of Brasserie Boulevard (Sint-Martens-Latem) is awarded "Host of the Year". Those who know Thomas can confirm that a warm welcome and professional explanation does make a difference.

Thomas Schmidt Brasserie Boulevard (Sint-Martens-Latem) Gault&Millau "Host of the Year"

The title of "Brasserie of the Year" goes to Silo’s (Boortmeerbeek). If you’re looking for the perfect Gastro-bistro go to Ogst  (Hasselt). Those who like to be amazed by a really nice terrace should go to Vivendum (Dilsen-Stokkem).

To meet Belgium's new leading sommelier "Mathieu Vanneste" and probably have the best meal of your live one has to go and enjoy Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem). Wine lovers should also visit Roosenberg (Waasmunster) for their amazing wine selection.

Gault&Millau sommelier van het jaar  "Mathieu Vanneste" Hof van Cleve (Kruishoutem)

Desert lovers should head to Schone van Boskoop (Boechout), "a winner without competition" dixit Gault&Millau. Azian restaurant of the year is l’Esprit Bouddha (Gosselies), for the best Italian food you reserve at Lucana (Wanze). A bit short on cash? Best price/quality ratio goes to Visbistro Mojo (Flanders), Wine Bar des Marolles (Brussels) and La Garrigue (Wallonia).

This years rare finds are Bistro Racine (Braine-le-Château), La Femme du sommelier (Brussel) and Brasa (Knokke-Heist) at the seaside.

Gault&Millau Brasa (Knokke-Heist)

You can discover the whole selection as of Wednesday for €28 in your local bookshop or online via

If you want to follow what happens on a gastronomic level in the Belux go to


Dries Tack


Food, Lifestyle