In de Wulf Dranouter, Belgium
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