Favourite female top chefs in Belgium for Foodies
1) Cachet de Cire
A warm welcome, a serious menu, a quiet garden and an affordable drinks list are all trademarks of one of the best culinary discoveries. Lady chef Greet Verbeeck and maître Fée Van Doorselaere put a lot of effort into giving you that little extra something. The superb wines – check out the Belgian ones – are also available in the wine shop adjacent to Cachet de Cire. After a great night out with friends or a romantic date, you can dive into one of their three comfortable bedrooms upstairs.
Chef Lore Moerman and her kitchen team create modern dishes using honest ingredients, while keeping their plates simple and elegant. Try some of their snacks, such as the crispy bitterballen, and continue with uncomplicated classics such as the Ghentian waterzooi stew or coq au vin. With its smart Scandinavian style and its view of the Gravensteen castle, Bodo is rightfully being praised for its genuine simplicity and excellent quality, with matching natural wines.
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Sōma is an ode to fresh and surprising gastronomy, ideally enjoyed in its quiet and intimate surroundings. As the restaurant’s owners – as well as its chefs and servers – Adriana Zafiris and Frederic Chastro let the seasons rule their creativity. The rather limited menu reads like a symbiosis of both chefs’ roots, combining Belgian, Greek, French and Colombian influences into one grandiose bite.
Wine bar and restaurant Pazzo has been a household name in the Antwerp restaurant scene for years. In a former warehouse opposite the Sint-Felix Warehouse and near the city docks, chef Ingrid Neven mixes Asian cuisine with regional produce, although she has a strong passion for truffle and old-fashioned preparations with butter and cream. Also worth a mention are the lively atmosphere in the wine cellar downstairs, and in the upstairs wine bar.
5) Arabelle Meirlaen
In Marchin, about 60 km from Louvain, you’ll be baffled as you enter the universe of lady chef Arabelle Meirlaen★. Straight from her family cottage, she surprises you with her delicate, elegant and sophisticated cooking style, which follows her less-is-more philosophy. More than just a chef, Arabelle is an artist who looks at life, nutrition and cooking as a whole. She forages for wild plants, forgotten herbs and unusual flowers and intuitively brings them together in meals that are bursting with flavour and colour
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