Armenian chef Karen Torosyan of the Bozar Restaurant in Brussels was awarded a second Michelin Star in the “Michelin Guide” Belgium and Luxembourg 2023.
For many years, Karen Torosyan, at the Bozar Restaurant in Brussels, has been a veritable model of culinary savoir-faire. A rigorous and exacting chef, he re-interprets the classic recipes with a very personal sense of detail and plenty of emotion. Among the many creations, the most remarkable is his ‘en croute’ dishes. He has developed his restaurant and his innovative cuisine patiently and conscientiously, to be finally rewarded with Two Michelin Stars.
The chef, of Armenian origin and born in Georgia, did not hide his joy as he took the stage of the theatre to the ovations of his peers.
“We’re doing the most beautiful job in the world. Cooking is more than a passion; it’s a vocation. Something unites us; we all share this madness”, Torosyan told the assembly before launching into a veritable ode to the profession.
“I arrived in Belgium 25 years ago. I didn’t speak a word of French. Everything is possible. Dream and create dreams,” he said. He then dedicated his second star to his entourage and to André Martini, who directed him towards Haute gastronomy, to the chef Jean-Pierre Bruneau, and then to David Martin. “He is the first one who believed in me, put me in the light, and accompanied me. We gave birth to this baby together”, Torosyan added.
Michelin star is the ultimate hallmark of culinary excellence. Michelin stars are awarded to restaurants judged to be of an exceptionally high standard. Eateries that make the grade can be awarded one, two, or three stars, and the accolade is much-coveted by chefs worldwide.