"By opting to create an architectural vegetable garden, I have taken my quest for the good and the beautiful one step further. I have chosen to always give pride of place to the flavour and beauty of fresh products that the earth offers up when it is well taken care of, and to bring these delights into the luxurious setting of this haven of peace. I intend on providing my guests with an invitation to awaken their senses and on creating a harmony between nature and man. This passion enables me to show and explain - to the most curious guests - the virtues and secrets of the flavours they will be savouring in the dishes.
"To invest in exquisite works of art: the perfect way to complete our quest for beauty! Such objects tell a story and hold cultural value. The wall lamps are Jules Wabbes classics; the mirrors were designed by Gio Ponti; the photographs are the work of Hervé Charles and Frank Kristen; the chandeliers were created by Vicenzo Decotiis; and we specially commissioned Louise Eliot to make the ceramic pebbles that dot the tables. In the last few years, I have worked with Nelly Smets to give the establishment a whole new look."
"Le Chalet de la Forêt has been my love story for the last eight years! The beauty of this chalet at the edge of the forest, with the bustle of the city in the backdrop; a masterful handling of the passing seasons in the vegetable garden; the generous cuisine by the remarkably talented chef Pascal Devalkeneer... It all comes together to make this a truly excellent restaurant."