Rouge Tomate chef among those showcasing talents at Brussels festival

Top Brussels chef Alex Joseph is among those due to showcase their talents at his year’s edition of the popular eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival.

The keenly-awaited event takes place in Brussels from 5-8th September in the Royal Park.

Alex, who is owner and head chef of Rouge Tomate on Avenue Louise, will be taking part in the festival.

He will join others in working away at their stoves in their pop-up kitchens to serve up their signature dishes to the public.  

Alex’s contemporary restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best high-end eateries in the city. Since Californian-born Alex took over the kitchen there, Rouge Tomate has started to produce sophisticated contemporary cuisine which is constantly developing.

Alex won the Benelux 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and will join other Brussels’ chefs and artisans  showing off their culinary skills. They will be serving up a signature dish for visitors which sums up their culinary identity for the exclusive price of a mere 9 euros.

About 50 Bordeaux winemakers and traders will also showcase a wide array of wines said to embody the “simplicity, diversity, quality and accessibility” of Bordeaux wines.

This, the eighth eat! BRUSSELS, drink! festival, is stepping up in its activities and is a good opportunity to discover the stars of Belgium’s gastronomy scene in the green surroundings of Brussels Park. 

This year, cheese and desert bars will once again add the finishing touches to the festival’s gourmet menu. 

Bordeaux wine winemakers and merchants will bring a complete range of Bordeaux wines (reds, whites, rosés and crémants), which are designed to go perfectly with the dishes prepared by the chefs.

Other chefs at the festival include Cédric Callenaere, of Aux Armes de Bruxelles located near the Grand Place. It prides itself on its Belgian and international crowd and a kitchen which recognises good flavours. 

Cédric Callenaere is credited with breathing new life into this institution’s cuisine.

Wine pairings, which have been put together for the event, will also be made available for the chefs’ dishes, deserts and cheese platters at the festival.

In order to enable visitors to get the most out of the festival, eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX has moved over to a cashless payment system this year.

Visitors can get a swipe card at one of the ticket offices, top it up and use it as they see fit throughout the entire festival. This swipe card contains their credits and/or their wine pass. In order to pay for their food and drinks, visitors must simply use their swipe card at the cashless terminals and the credits or tastings will automatically be deducted.

The formula chosen is simple. One credit is worth 1 euro.

The wine is now available by the glass. An eat! dinner pass including food & drink credits and two glasses of wine has been added to the menu. The eat! lunch pass is now also available during the weekend. 

The passes are available at a reduced price until 4 September  on: 

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