Dutch three-star Michelin restaurant Oud Sluis will be closing this December. Chef Sergio Herman published a Q&A today on his website announcing his plans to shutter the restaurant on December 22. In the interview, Herman says he has "literally and figuratively reached [his] peak at Oud Sluis" and doesn't think he "can achieve a higher level of cooking" at the restaurant.
Lack of physical space at the restaurant also seems to have something to do with the decision: "Right now, there are 18 of us working in the kitchen ... we have to fight for every bit of space and that can be very frustrating. So even if I wanted to, there's no way to expand. That's why it's time to close up and let go."
Oud Sluis is one of the Netherlands' two Michelin three-star restaurants; the other is De Librije in Zwolle. It was also number 35 on this year's World's 50 Best list. A waiting list has been opened for people who wish to eat in Oud Sluis before it closes its doors.
After closing Oud Sluis, Herman plans to take on "a more supporting role" at his other restaurant Pure C in Cadzand-Bad and the upcoming La Chapelle in Antwerp. He will also focus more on Minestrone, the culinary publishing house he co-owns with food photographer Tony le Duc.