Michael Thill Club Ketjep
Michael Thill
Vinalgros Managing Director

Describe yourself, your background and what you do today. How has where you come from shaped who you are?

Born behind a bookstore counter, I’ve always loved the contact with people and sales. Not very motivated by studies, I quickly started to work and I found my vocation into the catering industry. A beautiful adventure of 15 years in the restaurant industry and as Barman at the Cactus build my passion for wine and the taste in general. My predecessor offered me to join Vinalgros to manage the commercial aspect. 6 years later, he shared with me his desire to sell and offer me the possibility to take over the official qualification of Mister Vinalgros.
Have grown up inside a commerce clearly taught me to approach people, to understand the importance of earning my life and to want to do what I love in the way I love it.

How would you describe your attitude to work?
Energic, Available and Passionate.

On a personal note, what would you say you’re the proudest of?

The trust people I love put in me.

To you, what is a Ketje?

A « peï » who puts mayonnaise on his fries.

What do you think distinguishes Belgium, and its people, from the rest?

The culture of the differences and the self-mockery.

If you had to nominate three people that, to you, best symbolised Belgium in its full glory, who would they be and why?

Eddy Merckx for Sport.
Philippe Geluck for the Belgian self-mockery culture.
Albert Frère for all his stakes.

If you had to take out-of-towners to one essential restaurant in Belgium, which one would it be?

The Tram Expérience in Brussels.

If you had to take visiting guests out on a Sunday tourist trail, where would you take them and why?

To the Sablon for something at « Pistolet Original». Afterwards, we’ll go to the Vertigo for a Ginette.

Sauces, in Belgium at least, are intrinsically linked to French fries. What’s your combination of choice?

Fries and Mayo
Cold Cervelas and Tartare sauce

Tell us about the first time you discovered BK sauces.

At the Arrosoir with my prepared steak tartare and fries. The first sauce was the Mayo, the second one the Dallas.

Can you recollect your best Belgian joke ever?

Our country motto: Unity makes strength.