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Stefaan De Proft

Stefaan De Proft: the culinary maestro behind restaurant Pacht 26

Get to know chef Stefaan De Proft, the culinary talent behind Pacht 26 restaurant. With his unique blend of classic and innovative flavors, the chef made a name for himself in the culinary world. Join us as we explore his journey and uncover the secrets behind his exceptional dining experiences.

Pacht 26

Gijzegem (Aalst), Belgium
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Located in the charming village of Gijzegem, Pacht 26 is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Chef Stefaan De Proft and partner Els Van Sande run this cozy restaurant known for creative fine dining and a great selection of wines and beers. You can dine indoors and watch the chef and his team at work in the open kitchen or enjoy a sunny meal on the terrace. Pacht 26 provides a unique culinary experience that will leave a lasting impression.

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A Journey of culinary excellence

In the dynamic world of gastronomy, Stefaan De Proft stands out. As the owner of restaurant Pacht 26 and a skilled chef, he's left a mark on food enthusiasts with his commitment to quality. Stefaan De Proft launched his culinary career in 2010 with the opening of Ter Monde. From the outset, his blend of classic flavours and contemporary techniques captured the attention of both critics and food aficionados. In Ter Monde, De Proft consistently delivers dishes that are both visually appealing and delicious.

Pacht 26: where gastronomy meets ambience

Four years on, in 2014, Stefaan De Proft opened Pacht 26. Situated in a quaint part of the city, the restaurant quickly became a go-to for unique dining. The name Pacht 26 nods to its former life as a bustling lease. De Proft has turned the space into a venue where diners can enjoy finely crafted flavours. What sets this chef apart is his commitment to top-quality ingredients. He's convinced that the secret to great food is using the freshest produce. From locally sourced vegetables to premium meat, De Proft ensures only the best make it to his guests' plates. One hallmark of De Proft's cooking is his knack for refreshing classic dishes. He blends traditional flavours with modern touches, producing meals that are both comforting and unexpected. Every dish is designed to delight the palate and spark curiosity.

Sommelier extraordinaire: a wine selection to savour

Stefaan De Proft's skills aren't limited to cooking. As a sommelier, he offers a carefully curated wine list. His expertise guides patrons through a sensory journey, pairing wines that enhance the flavours of each dish. In addition to his culinary skills, Stefaan De Proft is a member of notable culinary organisations. His dedication has garnered him peer recognition. He's an active participant in culinary events and workshops, always looking for fresh inspiration for his own guests.