Bart eats, breathes, and sleeps restaurants and food. With a rambunctious personality and flare for strong opinions, Bart loves to share his passions for Belgian cuisine, Belgian beer, and Belgian culture. He is the Executive Chef and Owner of Belga Café, a restaurant in Washington, DC specializing in Belgian food and beer, and the upcoming B Too. Bart began culinary school at age 12, externing at Michelin-starred Au Vigneron, and moving on to work at renowned Belgian restaurants including Piet Huysentruyt and Restaurant Scholteshof, which earned two Michelin stars during his tenure as Sous Chef. Bart moved to DC in 1997 to serve as Executive Chef to the Ambassador to the European Union, followed by the Dutch Embassy. In 2006, Bart won StarChef.com's “Rising Star Chef” award, and in 2007 he prepared the Belgian Beer Lover’s Degustation at the James Beard House. He was also knighted in the order of Leopold II in 2009. Bart’s cooking is a combination of rustic and refined, playful yet soulful.
The Latest from Bart
Behind the Scenes of LCK: Bart vs. CJ
Go behind the scenes as Bart faces CJ in Last Chance Kitchen. Click Here
Bart Vandaele: ‘Bold’ Over
Bart Vandaele shares how the competition is so different than running a kitchen.
LCK Ep 5: Bart vs. CJ
Challenge: Take Chicken Breast and Make it Full-Flavored and Delicious
Sir Chef Bart?
Hugh Acheson checks in with Bart Vandaele and learns that Bart is actually a knight.
Peel Garlic Like a Chef
Chef Bart Vandaele shows you how to properly peel a garlic #LikeaChef.