Chef Nicolas Decloedt was trained in some of the best fine dining restaurants in Europe (Mugaritz, In de Wulf, Bon Bon). He has developed a style of cooking which is guided by botanical research and foraged edibles. The masterly compositions on each plate reflect his eye for detail as an art photographer.
Caroline Baerten attended the renowned culinary institute Ter Duinen at Koksijde and additionally became a nutritionist and a WSET certified sommelière. As a former art historian , she displays her artistic skills in the interior design and the ceramic tableware at humus x hortense. She is the founding mother of the ‘Soilmates‘ movement and the ‘Heritage Bean Project’ where she works at the intersection of botanical gastronomy, health from the soil up and ecology.
Above all, team work is the foundation of success. Together with food scientist Maxime Willems and botanist/wild farmer Dries Delanote, we run a food lab guided by a roots-to-leaves and zero-waste approach and where age-old fermentation techniques are tested.
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