Philippe Renard was born in 1955, in Waremme, a small French-speaking town in Belgium. Having often watched his grandmother as she worked as a cook at the local manor, he decided to study restaurant and hotel management in Liège, opening his own restaurant in 1983. He subsequently became a chef in a Flemish restaurant, but a few years later his career was abruptly derailed by a car accident.
During his convalescence, Philippe Renard learned about organic products and their beneficial effects. Gradually, the idea of providing organic food to people took form, and he soon founded a consulting company for the restaurant industry. In 2000, he was hired by the Ethias insurance company to transform their restaurant, a challenge he met through great perseverance. Since his arrival, the clientele of the restaurant has tripled and its menu is now 85% organic.