Gert De Mangeleer, Chef of All Senses

  • Belgian 3  Stars chef
  • 33 when receiving his 3rd Michelin star
  • 61st at the World 50 Best Award
  • Modern techniques, own home-grown vegetables

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First of all, Chef Gert De Mangeleer and sommelier Joachim Boudens caused quite a stir when they took over restaurant Hertog Jan. Since 2005, it was located in the beautiful city of Bruges, Belgium. 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. Almost three years later, followed by its second in 2009 and ultimately its third in 2011, which it has maintained ever since. Since then he has been also part of the top 100 from the 50 best award. Discover other 50 best chefs here.

Overseeing the kitchen at hertog Jan as executive chef, Gert De Mangeleer produces dishes using modern techniques. In addition, he is also using his own home-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers which grow in the garden aside.

Moreover, next to his dedication to the kitchen at restaurant Hertog Jan, chef Gert  De Mangeleer is also an avid supporter of the “Young Chefs”. Since 2011, he helped pioneer this project of the Flemish Ministry of Tourism.

The path to success

Initially, Gert De Mangeleer took over Hertog Jan with his culinary soulmate Joachim Boudens in 2005. Building on his experience working for top chefs in Belgium, Gert transformed the restaurant’s traditional kitchen into something more refreshing, even revolutionary.

Indeed, focusing on the ways flavours, structures and contrasts take shape, Gert makes sure that his dishes stimulate all the senses and carry his signature style.
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At the end of 2010 Joachim and Gert took the next step in the execution of their philosophy by buying their own farm in Zedelgem. This is close to the city of Bruges. Here, they grow their own vegetables, fruits and flowers. Since July 2014 the restaurant opened at the same location. Furthermore, you can take an inspiring journey from their garden all the way to their kitchen. Also, their menu changes with the seasons, following what the garden has to offer.

As a result, Gert De Mangeleer received the European Chef of the Year award in 2014. Moreover, the chef is also ranked 61st at the 50 Best Award.  Other 50 best chefs here. In 2018  Hertog Jan in Zedelgem was closed to start new projects, out of their comfort zone.

In March 2019 they moved their Bistro concept L.E.S.S. to its new location in the centre of Bruges. In L.E.S.S. Eatery chef Gert De Mangeleer brings an international cuisine inspired by his several trips all over the world. In the old location where they once started Hertog Jan they installed in September 2019 a classical French style brasserie with the name Bar Bulot. There Gert serve classical Belgian/French dishes in a traditional way.

In the Michelin of 2020 L.E.S.S. Eatery received a first Michelin star and the same year Bar Bulot was called Brasserie of the year by Gault Millau. In 2020 Chef Gert De Mangeleer announced that they will reopen Hertog Jan at Botanic again in the Botanic Sanctuary Hotel in Antwerp (new Leading Hotel of the World, opening planned the first of June 2021). The restaurant is on the same site but can be entered directly, on the same site they also plan to open a second Bar Bulot.

About Hertog Jan at Botanic

      • Intimate setting with 16 seats where we will pamper them on the highest level
      • Open first 2 weeks every month for lunch and diner
      • Gert will serve a few of his signature dishes but he is also busy to develop new ones. He like to really cook there on high level and in a very personal way. He will choose for good meat and fish that he will cook and prepare carefully and serve with some garnish and savoury sauces. I will host all guests.
    • About Bar Bulot at Botanic
      • 70 seats
      • Same menu and atmosphere like in Bruge



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