Describe yourself, your background and what you do today.
I had a somewhat unconventional school career before enrolling at ULB. In 2004, at the age of 21, I fell victim to a car accident. The driver of the car on which I found myself lost control and struck a pole. I woke up in a hospital, paralysed. Today, I live and enjoy my passions, like motorsports.
How has where you come from shaped who you are?
When you’ve had an accident like I did, you have to bounce back and learn to live again. I was lucky enough to be able to rely on my parents, my very close friend Rudy Bogaerts and a few friends who supported me throughout. We used my passion as a motivation to regain my taste for life and face the legal process.
How would you describe your attitude to work?
I would say that I’m very supportive and dynamic. I’m also quite adept at federating and unifying.
On a personal note, what would you say you’re the proudest of?
All the achievements I’ve accomplished since the accident, whether it be moral, physical or social.
What do you think distinguishes Belgium, and its people, from the rest?
Belgians invented a fabulous concept: belgicism! The art of making fun of oneself; the art of self-deprecation.
If you had to nominate three people that, to you, best symbolised Belgium in its full glory, who would they be and why?
Magritte to start with, of course: he evokes surrealism, a typically Belgian trait. I can’t limit myself to just two other names. For me, all Belgian actors – Charlie Dupont, Jean-Luc Couchard, François Damiens, and such – are our best international representatives of Belgian culture and spirit.
If you had to take out-of-towners to one essential restaurant in Belgium, which one would it be?
They shouldn’t be discovering restaurants, but rather a fritkot! And there’s none better than De Corte. But if I had to choose a restaurant, I’d go for La Meilleure Jeunesse in Ixelles/Elsene: it’s good, it’s simple, and it has a story.
If you had to take visiting guests out on a Sunday tourist trail, where would you take them and why?
To Brussels, an incredible city. Depending on the weather, it would be either to Bois de la Cambre/Ter Kamerenbos, the lungs in the heart of the city, or the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, a must-see monument of Belgian history.
Tell us about the first time you discovered BK sauces.
BK’s Sylvain introduced me to the Ketjep – needless to say, I was hooked instantly.
Why do Belgians do it better?
Because Belgium is the birthplace of surrealism! We can face anything.