Chef Filip began at the Hotelschool in Leuven and has been working his way up in the world of gastronomy for over two decades. In 1993, he founded restaurant Fidalgo together with his spouse: host and sommelier Christel Steenwegen. In Portuguese, “fidalgo” stands for a member of the nobility, with or without a title. Likewise, Filip doesn’t wait around for awards but instead focuses on keeping his cuisine as honest, authentic, and innovative as possible. For this chef, routines are simply deadly. While chef Filip Dewijnants shows a playful approach to products, he always does so respectfully and while staying true to his principles. In the intimate setting of his restaurant, each dish is extremely well-thought-out and reflects the chef’s talent. Filip cooks according to his mood, which results in dishes that are just as creative and spontaneous as he is.
Hidden in the Belgian city of Tienen lies a gastronomic gem: restaurant Fidalgo. Here, owner and top chef Filip Dewijnants leads the kitchen. His dishes are wonderfully complemented by sommelier Christel Steenwegen’s excellent wine list. Filip’s refined and inventive nouveau French-Belgian cuisine surely hasn’t gone unnoticed: Fidalgo, which happens to be his former parental home, scored 89/100 in the Lemaire guide, 15/20 Gault Millau points, and was named "Grand des Demain" by Gault Millau in 2020. No wonder that food connoisseurs from far and wide travel to experience his renowned haute cuisine for themselves. Fidalgo is the perfect place for fine-dining in a romantic setting. Both the dining room and the private area feel homely and relaxed, and the large windows offer a beautiful view of the patio and spacious terraced garden. It’s hard to imagine a better backdrop for chef Filip’s sophisticated dishes.
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