Jean sur Mer

Jean sur Mer, also known as Jan Kegels, is a food truck chef, a caterer and the author of a cookbook ‘Crazy about the North Sea’, with a huge passion for North Sea Fish. His food truck is the first and only MSC-certified foodtruck in Belgium.

Ocean Ambassador Q&A

Jean sur MerJan, when and how did sustainability first become important to you? 

When I was 10 years old and saw all the tropical fish in the fish store. I was thinking why weren’t there more local species. 

What's your favourite sustainable fish dish? 

Blue mackerel, freshly caught with some soja – pure sea!

When you're too tired to cook at home, what do you eat?

I would take a look at my takeaway app or try to convince my wife to cook for me.

How have you filled your time during coronavirus lockdown? 

Looking for new challenges and realising them. We tried 3 different concepts and all 3 of them will become part of our business model.  The first one is delivery of fresh fish and frozen products to the doorstep, number 2 is with delivery platforms who bring our street food to the clients. Number 3 is our DRIVE IN which we built with our foodtruck. In every concept we use our MSC certified products!

What are your top tips for preparing you favourite fish dish?

Eat regional fish in the right season with a seasonal vegetable.

What do you like to drink, alongside a seafood dish?

A dry wine or a Rodenbach, perfect with some grey shrimps.

What advice would you give to someone who is new to cooking seafood?

The freshness of the seafood is gonna be the star of your dish! Keep it simple.

Do you have a favourite kitchen gadget?

My Japanese filleting knife.

Want to know more? Visit the Jean sur Mer website

Jan Kegels - Jean sur Mer


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