Bart Vandaele from "Top Chef: Seattle" is one of the chefs competing in season 10 of the Bravo reality cooking competition. He was raised in Roeselare, Belgium, and is now living in Washington, DC.

Bart Vandaele 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 Vigeron, 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 Star Chefs "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.

Profession: Executive Chef and Owner, Belga Café and B Too, Washington, Dc
Culinary Education: Culinary Institute for Restaurant & Hotel Management, Bruges, Belgium
Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: "Chef's Dinner," Belgian fries, topped with braised veal cheeks, truffle, foie gras. Served with Belgian mayonnaise




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Age: ∼46 years old
Hometown: Roeselare, Belgium
Current Residence: Washington, DC




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