The culinary virtuoso

image013Koen Verjans has energy and ideas to burn, as Frances Robinson found out when paying a visit to the young Michelin-starred chef’s out-ofthe- way restaurant

It’s a Saturday in June at Houthalen’s De Barrier hotel, and preparations for a wedding are in full swing, with pretty flowers fluttering on the pergola next to the pond. Everything is decorated with the understated good taste that typifies Flemish design. On the other side of the building, chef Koen Verjans cradles his head in his hands as he talks about running his restaurant, Innesto, at the hotel. To be fair, he’s had a late night.

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