Beaubon Bon bon
- Words by Andrea Petrini
- Photos by Richard Haughton
What is a double-starred forty-year-old doing in a humble but very elegant Stuart Little lookalike house, far from the residential deve- lopment where he reigns unnoticed by most while carrying the re- putation of a city on his shoulders? Why is blond forty-year-old Chri- stophe Hardiquest in his light basketball shoes trampling the damp earth of the fields outside Brussels? Where is a man who never lea- ves his restaurant when it is open and always spends the weekend with his wife Stéphanie going? Christophe Hardiquest is paying a visit to the producer of organic vegetables Thibault Walckiers, who seldom moves from his beloved vegetable gardens, except for at- tending a few occasional weekly markets. Full stop and hard return.
Christophe takes a breath and answers with admiration: “He is one of a kind, just like the carrots and cabbage he has grown on plots far from Brussels since, upon turning thirty he decided to abandon his a brilliant career in film and radically change his life’s direction”. The two shake hands vigorously and the understanding between the two runs deep. All is captured on camera by Richard Haughton, the new Irish friend who has recently been recruited in the narrow circle of collaborators ever since, a few months ago, Christophe Har- diquest asked him to completely re-think the pictures of his Bon Bon restaurant website.