the chef

The Chef

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication“ Leonardo Da Vinci

Steven Naessens was born in the Bruges area on 4 October 1981, into a warm and generous large family who have always enjoyed getting together over simple Flanders dishes.

From a very young age, his dream was to become a chef.

Such was Steven's determination that his family decided to give him the opportunity to study at the prestigious Belgian cooking and hospitality school "Ter Duinen" in Koksijde.

Bolstered by the conviction that he had not only found his ideal career path, but destiny itself, Steven Naessens started his professional life in Belgium, before moving to France where he has since worked alongside some very prestigious chefs.

As Jean-Paul Jeunet's right-hand man since 2009, Steven has appropriated the Jura region and its earthy, authentic produce.
He has become committed to ensuring that the simplicity of his cuisine preserves the true nature of his ingredients, while still reserving some surprises for his diners.

As chef of “Maison Jeunet“, his wish is for diners to feel at home at his restaurant, taking away the simple thought of "It was delicious".

His dream has always been to share his cooking with others in a simple and convivial way, striking a subtle balance of passion and restraint in his cuisine.

"Generosity" will always be his watchword, a concept of cooking that comes straight from the meals of his childhood.