Chef Five Bites: Claudio Pirollo and Mickael Cornu

Claudio Pirollo and Mickael Cornu opened the Belgian-flavored Et Voila in the Palisades neighborhood in May 2008. Before launching the restaurant, Pirollo, who was born and raised in Brussels, was named “Best Young Chef in Belgium” in 1994 and served as personal chef to the Irish ambassador. Cornu, the restaurant's co-owner and pastry chef, hails from France. You can take home his Christmas bûche for $4.50 a slice (details here).

The pair added a new brunch menu of crêpes this fall. These are their five favorite brunch bites in the city — the first three are from Pirollo, the last two from Cornu.

1. Gruyère cheese and baby spinach omelette at Brasserie Beck

2. Poached eggs with smoked salmon and asparagus and Hollandaise sauce at Belga Café

3. House-smoked salmon at the Tabard Inn

4. Cassoulet du Bistrot Lepic at Bistrot Lepic

5. Duck leg confit with frisée and sautéed potatoes at Bistrot du Coin

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley, Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac, Santosh Tiptur, Barton Seaver, Glenn Babcock, Antonio Burrell