The future is cooking (3/5): Clement Petitjean picks Thomas Toupin

Part three of our food nominations sees Clement Petitjean – owner and chef of La Grappe d’Or in Torgny – select Thomas Troupin (1988) who grew up in a small village between Liège and Namur, and now lives with his family in Champagne, where his restaurant La Menuiserie is based.

How would you best describe what you do?

I’m a passionate chef working for my pleasure and for the pleasure of our guests.

As a chef cooking in Belgium today, what do you think is your main purpose?

I would like to continue working with our beautiful countryside and the local producers.

“Thomas Toupin is a magnificent, good hearted person and you can taste that in his cuisine!” Clement Petitjean


What key moment and/or person would you attribute to you becoming a chef?

All the chefs I met during my life have made me what I’m today.

To date, what concepts, meals or dishes are you the proudest of?

I’m not particularly “proud” of any of my dishes. But we have some highlights, like the trout of Ondenval with green wild herbs, Veal T-bone from my friend Lothar Vilz in Mürringen and vegetables from our garden.