Piet Huysentruyt was this week when Eric Goens was a guest in That house. Twenty-four hours full of kippenvelmomenten for the tv chef…
Piet Huysentruyt is by Eric Goens picked up in the South African Franschhoek, where he has his ‘Likoké on tour’ pop-uprestaurant has opened. From there they drive to the house and there is the first of many kippenvelmomenten: Piet is welcomed with a song by Rage against the machine, “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me”. The tone for the next twenty-four hours. “It is perfectly who I am.”
“I have myself under more control”
The tv chef has the reputation of being a nasty, stubborn man that the controversy is not afraid. Not when he was in his restaurant guests lobster and she will solve the problems, the wind from the front was when he was live on television a live lobster the legs pulled up, again a colleague schoffeerde or a bold statement made about the Michelin inspectors.
How does the chef back today on that controversy? Or also: what have we learned today? “I’m diplomatischer become. And I must honestly say: I am proud of it. That I have myself under more control.”
In this episode we also learn a different Piet know. In the tv room, for example, with the films of pa and ma Huysentruyt in the Congo. They had a coffee plantation, but the independence is the family of Congo forced to flee. It is still a craw in the throat as Piet about that period speaks and thinks of how his father humiliated, has returned to Belgium. The unprocessed history of the family Huysentruyt, that the family and bill has been drawn.
During his twenty-four hours in That house is the mother of Piet never far away, but at that moment Grandma Huysentruyt’ sick. Piet even fears that his mother is the broadcasting of That house not more on television will see. She is indeed, shortly after the recordings, died. This episode sees Pete as a farewell and tribute to her.
Piet also reveals that he has long wondered whether his perfectionist streak is not his downfall would be. “I have depression. No one has a conscience, but I had.” His perfectionism was almost unlivable for those who worked with him. Especially for them, Piet today a surprising message.
The biggest names cooking show
And then comes the main course. When Piet returns from a short afternoon stroll between the vines, he has visit. “Hello chief,” what it sounds like. It is co-chef Jeroen Meus that, to him, beckoning. Pete is completely of the map. The two cooks make That house the biggest names cooking show ever. The respect for each other is huge.
“Jeroen is my only real successor and who is there. You don’t really know how lucky you are to me you made this. The constant kippenvelmomenten been for the past twenty-four hours.”
That house: Tuesday 4 december at 20.40 hours on One.
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