The No. 1 restaurant in Belgium has held this title for 15 years, with Hof Van Cleve holding its three stars for that duration. If this is your restaurant, as it is for chef Peter Goossens, it can be deduced that you are the best chef in the country.
Goossens and his wife, Lieve Fermans, operate the Belgian restaurant after a career that was already impressive. Trained at the Ter Duinen culinary school and then working with top chefs in Paris, Goossens was quick to open his own restaurant.
Hof van Cleve didn’t receive instant adoration from Michelin, however. It took years to get its original two-star status. But once it reached three stars, Goossens cemented his position in culinary stardom.