Are you thinking of going down on bended knee soon in a top restaurant? Book a table with your favourite chef, and be transported on a culinary journey around the world. Enjoy the intense stimulation of your taste buds, and keep a straight face, just for a short time, when your beloved suddenly sees you produce the engagement ring… Star chef Wout Bru comes out of the kitchen to give all those in love some specific top tips for the perfect marriage proposal in a top restaurant.
Proposal in a gastronomic style
During the summer of 2021 star chef Wout Bru opened the doors of his new gastronomic restaurant in Durbuy: Le Grand Verre. During his culinary career Wout has already encountered numerous people who wanted to ask their loved one to marry him or her.
“I think it’s fantastic to be able to be part of a marriage proposal. I would mainly describe it as an enormously overwhelming moment, where many emotions often come to the surface. The soon-to-be betrothed usually reacts very touchingly, or just very enthusiastically. Every time it’s almost a completely new magical moment!” he says enthusiastically.
Spontaneous, but prepared
The best ‘spontaneous’ moments actually happen when some planning has taken place beforehand. This is because there are a number of things which would ideally be agreed on in advance with your restaurant. “When should the proposal take place? Which table should the couple sit at? Who will sit on which side? Does anything specific need to be adapted inside or outside the restaurant? It wouldn’t be the first time that we need to move plants or trees…”, laughs Wout. “In an ideal world you will make a physical visit to discuss the idea together. We can give you a special place for example, or adapt your menu to the preferences of your partner. The kitchen will step in here and ensure a personal touch. If you want to be completely sure of a space in your favourite restaurant, then make sure you reserve a few months in advance”, suggests Wout as a tip.
Photographer on hand
More and more often, couples try to have a photo or film made of this unique moment in their life. Wout explains: “These days it is pretty common for someone to be present who will photograph or film the proposal. Sometimes the photographer may be sitting at another table eating in the restaurant, or we pretend that there is a small general photo shoot all of a sudden. We arrange everything in advance, so that your partner will have no idea!”
How does the evening of the proposal run?
“We do everything to keep the surprise and the magic of the moment as large as possible”, says Wout. “So for example we only ever let one waiter in on the secret plans. He or she is responsible for the build-up, and making sure the proposal runs smoothly. I come to the table myself at the beginning of the evening to welcome the couple, and run through the menu with them. Later on, while handing out the dessert, the big moment happens – then everyone is ready!”
And after that? Time for champagne!