Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Owner & Founder
Taste of Belgium
Young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region are invited to attend the EACC Young Professionals Executive Insights event on December 7 featuring Jean-François Flechet, Owner & Founder, Taste of Belgium.
Jean-François Flechet was born and raised in Belgium. He came to the US to do a PhD in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Cincinnati to develop statistical applications for a market research company. Although he does not have formal culinary training, Jean-François loves to cook and is passionate about food.
After obtaining his green card, Jean-François decided to open his own business and bring a Taste of Belgium to Cincinnati. He went back to Belgium to visit his family and came back with a 120lb cast iron waffle maker. He began baking Belgian waffles at the back of a produce store at Findlay Market in May 2007.
The little business grew one waffle at a time, from one waffle iron and one person to 7 locations and over 400 employees. Taste of Belgium has become one of the larger and most respected restaurant groups in Cincinnati and serves Belgian dishes with a local twist and Belgianized American classics along with the best curated bier list in the city. Each location has between 24 and 54 drafts with a focus on Belgian biers.
About Taste of Belgium
Taste of Belgium (TOB) operates seven full-service restaurants in Greater Cincinnati in the following neighborhoods: Over-the-Rhine, Clifton, Hyde Park/Norwood, The Banks, Kenwood and Crestview Hills (Northern Kentucky) and Mason. Taste of Belgium also operates a market location at the historic Findlay Market in Cincinnati.
TOB opened 3 new locations since COVID hit.
Taste of Belgium was featured on the Food Network in an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Taste of Belgium waffles are available in over 50 Kroger locations in the Cincinnati & Dayton area and they are shipped nationwide from their commissary.
About the Executive Insights Series:
The Executive Insight Series offers exclusive events where young professionals have the opportunity to connect with top-level global business executives in the Greater Cincinnati region. Attendees have the opportunity to hear the featured executive share his or her career journey, while also discussing professional development, career success, and what it means to be a future global leader. Each event also includes a question and answer session.
Who are the EACC Young Professionals?
The Young Professionals of the EACC are dynamic, internationally-minded 21-35 year old individuals, who connect with European business and culture through a series of social and professional development events.