Kevin J. Reiss Club Ketjep
Kevin J. Reiss
Brussels Ketjep’s Mr. Export

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I was born in Hamilton, Canada and moved to Belgium at the age of 10. I’ve always had an interest in doing business from a very young age, from learning how things are made to listening to people tell me their life stories and experiences. You can learn a lot that way. Over the years, I’ve been in different businesses, and now work as a business consultant thanks to my experience.

How has where you come from shaped who you are?
Coming from a North American lifestyle and living in Europe, I try to take the best from both cultures and live my life to the fullest.

How would you describe your attitude to work?
If you know everything you do at work has your flair and signature on it, then you’ll give it your best shot and nothing less! You also have to believe in and be passionate about what you do.

If you had to take out-of-towners to one essential restaurant in Belgium, which one would it be?
This is most probably the hardest of all these questions. It would have to somewhere that serves tomatoes stuffed with grey shrimp, moules-frites, waterzooi and carbonades flamandes. I guess I would take them to Le Rendez-vous des Artistes in uptown Brussels, near Avenue Louise/Louizalaan.

If you had to take visiting guests out on a Sunday tourist trail, where would you take them and why?
Around downtown Brussels, and then to the European Quarter. Going from the historic city centre to the pan-European bureaucratic neighbourhood, you’ll get to see the past, present and future of the city.

Can you recollect your best Belgian joke ever?
There are too many – I would need a few beers in me first before I start sharing them!

Why Belgians do it better?
It’s a secret that was told to me by my wife when we got married – sorry, I promised not to tell!