The Davitamon-Lotto team has found itself a cook for the Tour de France. Thanks to newspaper and radio publicity, the response was great. "We received reactions from renowned cooks and caterers locally and abroad, but also from a lot of hobby-cooks, who felt they should call," said the team in a statement.
More than 100 CV's were sifted through, narrowing the list down to around 10 candidates, who were interviewed. The final choice was Frank De Wilde, a 46 year-old chef from Gent. De Wilde was the long time manager of 'De Wijzen en De Zot', a well known restaurant in the Gentse Patershol. After that, he started to work as a caterer in the 'Quartier Sauvage', near the Gentse Rabottorens. His customers include top banking and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the province of East Flanders. He also looked after the catering for Prince Filip's visit to Omega Pharma, which owns Davitamon.
While he is away for three weeks in July, Frank's wife and daughters will take over the running of his business, as he tends to the needs of the Davitamon-Lotto team.