Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I’ve been working in retail as an assistant manager for almost eight years now. Before that, I used to work in a smoothie bar at the airport, and even before that, I completed an internship in electronic mechanics due to my passion for old cars.
How has where you come from shaped who you are?
I believe that every person I’ve encountered in my life have shaped me in some way shape or form. Of course, my parents played a great role; though they did split up, they remained quite strict. I grew up moving back and forth between Brussels and Dinant, so I speak with a mix of the two accents… A true Ketje!
How would you describe your attitude to work?
Involved, curious and attentive.
On a personal note, what would you say you’re the proudest of?
I’m really proud of the founding of Brussels Oldtimers together with my friends Kevin Lopes, Julien Van Rampelbergh and Nicolas Hubert. Thanks to this group, we were able to meet tons of new people – both young and old –, all really passionate about cars. We make kids dream, and the elders remember.
To you, what is a Ketje?
That nice guy with an odd accent, always able to find anything you want and always there to start a party.
What do you think distinguishes Belgium, and its people, from the rest?
Belgians are simultaneously really simple and pretty complicated – that explains why, according to many tourists, Belgium’s a beautiful country where anything can happen.
If you had to nominate three people that, to you, best symbolised Belgium in its full glory, who would they be and why?
Our national football team, because it brings the Flemish and Walloons together and reminds us of our national motto: unity is strength.
Le Grand Jojo – I dare you to find one single inhabitant of Brussels who doesn’t know at least one of his songs.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, because he truly embodies the idea that you must believe in your dreams, no matter who you are or where you come from.
If you had to take out-of-towners to one essential restaurant in Belgium, which one would it be?
I would take them to The Lodge in Watermael-Boitsfort/Watermaal-Bosvoorde. It’s a nice place surrounded by nature, where you can enjoy great food and end the evening in the upstairs bar-club.
If you had to take visiting guests out on a Sunday tourist trail, where would you take them and why?
I would recommend walking up the Citadel of Namur to enjoy the view while having a nice Belgian beer as a reward.
Sauces, in Belgium at least, are intrinsically linked to French fries. What’s your combination of choice?
Fries with mayonnaise – classic!
Tell us about the first time you discovered BK sauces.
I used to live a mere one street away from Sylvain, the man behind BK, as well as just around the corner from a Delitrateur which also sold Sylvain’s sauces. That’s where I came across the Dallas. I immediately posted pictures of the bottles online and soon come, I got the chance to meet Sylvain.
Can you recollect your best Belgian joke ever?
I don’t know a lot of jokes, but I do know this one: “Your hair is so greasy that I could bake my fries in it!”
Why do Belgians do it better?
Everything we do, we do it with passion.