Boerma firmly believes that the quality of the product is the basis of success, which he then crafts into incredibly flavoursome dishes.
Among the highest-rated chefs in The Netherlands, he is chef patron of De Leest, one of the two restaurants in the country to boast 3 Michelin stars. The Restaurant De Leest opened its doors back in 2002, on the outskirts of De Hoge Veluwe National Park in central Netherlands, and earned its first star just one year later. The second star followed in 2007, and by 2013, it had earned its third. Behind the incredible success of the restaurant is chef patron Jacob Jan Boerma, along with partner and sommelier Kim Veldman.
Named the Gault Millau Chef of the Year in 2010, Boerma translates the experiences he acquires from around the world, from places such as Asia and Scandinavia, and places them into cosmopolitan and creative dishes.
New ingredients, new flavours and new discoveries are the foundations of the food philosophy of this classically trained Dutch chef.
A perfectionist through and through, his skill and craftsmanship result in culinary art of the highest standard. However, the product is paramount or this chef, who favours local organic ingredients whenever possible.
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