Willem Hiele is tied to the sea. Growing up in a family of fishermen, and being a passionate surfer has meant that everything from his childhood to his hobbies have taken him to the ocean. Originally starting out as a baker and pastry chef, he opened his first restaurant in his hometown of Koksijde in 2015. Only one year later it was hailed as Discovery of the Year by Gault & Millaud and another year after that was first mentioned in the Michelin Guide.

In 2021, Willem received his first Michelin Star and decided to end the year with a rebirth. He closed Koksijde and began work on his eponymous restaurant which opened in 2022 in Ostend.

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Seafood is king at the restaurant Willem Hiele. Nicknamed, by some, 'The Flemish Viking', Hiele remains authentic to his roots working with the bounty the North Sea has to offer and coaxing out the best of the flavour with simply cooking techniques, creating the method Seafire, after which his debut book was named.

Willem will be joining us to bring an intense feast of local produce and extraordinary dishes to LeBlanq Flanders. You're in for a treat!

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