Michelin Awards Second Stars to Restaurants in Belgium

Michelin added a pair of new two-star restaurants in Belgium, praising the standard of cooking in the country and in Luxembourg.

The winners are chef Christophe Hardiquest for Bon-Bon, in Brussels, and Bart Desmidt for Bartholomeus, in Knokke-Heist. There are 18 new single stars in Belgium: 12 in Flanders, two in Brussels and four in Wallonia. One of those recognized is Villa Lorraine, which regains its award in the capital. Becher Gare in Luxembourg is also recognized.

“The Michelin guide to Belgium & Luxembourg selection reveals the vitality of a gourmet dining scene in both countries that is increasingly open, constantly evolving and never fails to take advantage of new influences,” Europe’s largest tiremaker said today in an e-mailed release.

Michelin & Cie. produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires.

The company is based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

Muse highlights include Scott Reyburn and Katya Kazakina on auctions, Elin McCoy on wine, Martin Gayford on art, Warwick Thompson on U.K. theater and Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.