A few hours before the broadcast of the Top Chef season 13 finale, Arnaud Delvenne gives us her impressions.
[Mis à jour le 15 juin 2022 à 7h58] Arnaud Delvenne is not only the funniest candidate of Top Chef... It is also the season 13 finalist next to Louise. Glenn Viel’s protégé / friend will face his opponent one last time this Wednesday, June 15, in an attempt to win the most famous culinary competition.
A few hours after the verdict of Arnaud Delvenne, Belgian prime ministerial candidate to reach the Top Chef finalnoi delivered his impressions on his course, his ties with other participants but also his brigade leader Glenn Viel, and what makes Louise a formidable opponent for this final.
Interview with Arnaud Delvenne
Why did you want to participate in the Top Chef show?
In fact, I didn’t sign up. A casteuse added me on Instagram and when I saw that, I was at the restaurant with a friend. I had already had the aperitif so I sent him a spontaneous message saying, “If you want to laugh, call me!” The next day, she actually called me back and I finally passed the casting. A few weeks later, I knew I was caught.
How did you experience this season?
This is the best experience I have ever had! Both humanly and professionally, I have discovered many things and I am convinced that this is the beginning of a new book. Yes, it’s chronophagous and in the end you want a return to reality, but I only remember the positive!
What was your first thought when you learned that you were a finalist?
Every time he qualifies me for the next week, he tells me “c’est une étape de plus”. So reaching the final is already a victory. With Louise, we were side by side on all the final events and it seemed obvious to me to finish the competition with her.
What was the most significant event for you?
The War of the Remains! It was an emotionally charged ordeal and it allowed me to discover two gay lurons – Mickaël and Wilfried – differently.
And the most unpleasant ordeal?
The very first of the competition! What I did was really ugly and I almost got eliminated!
What was the best advice from Brigadier General Glenn Viel?
To go to the essentials, in life as well as in the kitchen, and to remove what is useless.
What do you think makes Louise a formidable opponent for this final?
Louise is very creative, that’s her greatest quality. But until the end, we worked hand in hand and even the final took place in a frank camaraderie!
Biography of Arnaud Delvenne
Want to know more about Arnaud Delvenne? Find out below the biography of the Top Chef finalist.
What is Arnaud Delvenne’s career?
Originally from Xhendremael, near Liège, Belgium, Arnaud has at least an atypical course. A dissipated student, he discovered a passion for cooking by joining the Namur Hotel School. But it doesn’t go all the way to the kitchens of the big restaurants. He works with the server in an Italian restaurant, in a series of fast food and then … in prison: “Every experience is good to take and we always learn”, explains the 36-year-old tattooed chief. He then opened an Italian bistro, the Atelier du Goût, and then became Chef of the Moment. Two addresses where he stands out. In 2020, he finally joined the Van der Valk hotel group as Chief Executive Officer.
His vision of cooking is inspired by his life’s journey: just a year ago, Arnaud weighed more than 115 kg. After a diet and surgery, he lost 50. As a result, today he has a lighter hand in the kitchen. The Top Chef Adventure? “It was my ex-sister-in-law who signed me up. I learned it a bit by chance, and I thought ‘why not, I’m going to point the tip of my nose’. I went to the casting that went well, and then I got into the game. “. If he has the heart to succeed in this competition, it is also for his mother who died of cancer ten years ago. “It simply came to our notice then everything for me was my whole life, she would be proud of me “.
Where is Arnaud Delvenne’s restaurant?
Today, Arnaud is the Chef of the Atelier du Sélys, the high-end brewery of the Hôtel Sélys, Liège. During the broadcast of Top Chef en Belgique, he proposes an original formula: watch the show on RTL TVI, every month from February 28, tasting a menu concocté par ses soins in connection with the theme. from the week.
What is your type of cuisine?
At the helm of a chic brewery, Arnaud focuses mainly on good local products, served majestically, in respect of the seasons: pork cheek “raised on straw”, Cévennes onion, Label Rouge salmon, rice “They have raw farm milk”. His cuisine is generous and sincere, with Belgian notes and a few more Mediterranean forays – Arnaud used to offer Italian-style bistronomy in his own restaurant. He calls himself “creative, crazy and greedy.”
Sur son Insta @arnauddelvenne, Arnaud defined as a food lover, but also a traveler. Besides, it’s mostly travel photos he posts: Martinique beaches, Thai temples and market, New York or London streets … We also see him take the pose with Kad Merad or the Belgian host David Antoine.