The Hotel has chosen to outsource all food & beverage activities. Pierre Balthazar, from Belgium, will be responsible for both the culinary identity and the operational organisation of the new restaurant, bar and lounge on the ground floor as well as the meeting and events side of The Hotel.
Aldert Schaaphok, Vice President Operations Pandox AB, explains: “The quality and appeal of the food & beverage product are of low quality in most hotels in Brussels, with hardly any exceptions. It is very common in the international hotel business to outsource the restaurant activities. At The Hotel, we have decided to outsource this part to a professional, external party as well. Pierre Balthazar will bring considerable culinary knowledge, experience and creativity to the table”.
The Hotel will still have full responsibility for the commercial and marketing activities.
Pierre Balthazar (43) is no stranger to the complexity of restaurants in the hotel business. He started his culinary career with Yves Mattagne and subsequently, he has worked as Executive Chef at various top hotels in Belgium and Germany. For the last ten years, Pierre Balthazar has worked as Executive Chef of the Council of the European Union, where he was a.o. in charge of the exclusive and prestigious dinners during the state visits and meetings of the European Top.
The Hotel completely renewed in September
The end of the renovations is near: as of September, The Hotel will have a total of 421 renovated rooms, 10 new meeting rooms (of which 8 are located on the top 3 floors with spectacular view of the city) and 2 completely renewed ball rooms and a foyer on the first floor.
The restaurant with open kitchen, as well as the bar and lounge will be located on the ground floor with a magnificent view of the Egmont Park and will also be opened at the start of September. Culinary Director Pierre Balthazar has developed a unique, culinary concept for the restaurant, of which more will be revealed next month.
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