Kobe desra­maults

In de Wulf Dra­nouter, Bel­gium

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

Dra­nouter, the small Bel­gian town where Kobe Desra­maults grew up and later opened In de Wulf, has a dark his­tory—its woods were once home to the largest pop­u­la­tion of wolves in Europe and the town was fa­mous for burn­ing sus­pected witches at the stake. To­day, the only crea­ture you’re likely to find prowl­ing the woods is Desra­maults him­self, who scours them daily for herbs, veg­eta­bles and pro­tein to use in his restau­rant. His ob­ses­sion with us­ing lo­cal pro­duce has be­come his trade­mark. The chef’s kitchen is dom­i­nated by a vin­tage Smeg fridge in which you’ll find plenty of goods for­aged from the woods rub­bing shoul­ders with Korean black bean gar­lic sauce, Jacques Selosse Ini­tial Cham­pagne and Heinz Tomato Ketchup. While Desra­maults may oc­ca­sion­ally snack or sip on in­ter­na­tional fare, his arms, which are inked with tat­toos of the dark branches of the lo­cal woods, are a re­minder of where his real pas­sion lies.

i’ve al­ways been a rebel. But now i know what i want to do and it’s in a more con­trolled way. this place will al­ways be my home, but now the world is com­ing to my doorstep

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