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The continuous flow of Dutch innovations and incredible creativity is evident in our products and upon the plates of Dutch Cuisine chefs, where everything melds together. The dish doesn’t just reflect the Dutch seasons and regions, but also the innovative capacity and the creativity of our cuisine. Bringing it all together on the plate encompasses the whole ‘from soil to mouth’ process; the entire food chain. All this together is defining for our Dutch food culture.

A considerable amount of time and effort is utilised in food technology innovation, but it’s also good to generate awareness among consumers, by investing in the creativity of Dutch Cuisine chefs and enabling people to also become inspired themselves; in a nutshell, by making the public a participant. Everything is geared towards seeing, doing, and tasting. If our culture is a reflection of our identity, then this also reveals our innovative and creative capacity. It represents an inherent part of our nature – it’s ‘typically Dutch’, with a twist. It’s the common denominator that can also be found in such icons as Dutch Design, Dutch Fashion and Dutch Architecture.

Cultural creators

The cultural creators of Dutch Cuisine lend a renewed dimension to our food culture. The Dutch food culture displays a large capacity for innovation and creativity. It’s part of our nature and our identity. Through their passion and creativity, the cultural creators contribute towards a healthy, enjoyable and enriched life.


CEO and designer Cor Unum Ceramics,
Den Bosch

Cor Unum Contemporary Ceramics, founded in 1953 as Cor Unum (one heart), is a ceramic studio in Den Bosch. An unusual aspect of Cor Unum is its team behind the ceramics. The team consists of both professionals and people with distance to the labour market, who are willing to give their all for the company. This team creates high-grade ceramic objects from leading designs. Charotte Charlotte Landsheer, who is the Managing Director at Cor Unum, and designer and daughter of the founder and artist Zweitse Landsheer, started working at Cor Unum in 1994, in their new product development department. In addition to managing Cor Unum and its design work, Charlotte also teaches students at Sint Lucas, in the Product Styling, Space & Media department at Boxtel. For additional information, go to:


Designers Atelier NL,

The Atelier NL design studio is known for its unique products and researched-oriented projects, which are often created using glass and earthenware. Designers Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck always aim to emphasise the abundance of the soil and the value of local raw materials through their tableware. When realising the series of plates and dishes that they created for Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum, Atelier NL conducted their own excavations at various locations in the Netherlands, and using six different local clay types, a tableware set was created in a variety of brown hues, whereby the colour is always determined by the chemical composition of the clay from that region. For additional information, visit:


Dean Food Non Food Design Academy en food designer Eat me,

Marije Vogelzang doesn’t call herself a food designer, but more an ‘eating designer’ because she is inspired by the provenance, the social impact and the psychological aspect of food. Following her studies at the Design Academie Eindhoven, Marije decided to create a new direction within design: Food Non Food. She now heads this new graduation track on food at the Design Academy. At the start of 2016, Marije additionally founded the Dutch Institute of Food & Design, which aims to create a ​​network of designers who work with food on a global scale. Her work wordt internationaal erkent is acknowledged and published on an international scale. Marije holds inspirational lectures all over the globe about her work and vision. For additional information, visit:


Dutch Cuisine Tools in Holland Toolkit

As part of the biennial Dutch ‘homecoming week’ of the Dutch embassies abroad, Dutch Cuisine ambassador Angélique Schmeinck created a dazzling Taste Expedition, packed with delicious products from the Dutch soil. During this dining sensation, those Dutch Cuisine Tools that are incorporated in the Holland Toolkit were also presented: Holland Toolkit is an online platform for the Dutch embassy network. For additional information, watch this video.


Holland Toolkit

The Holland Toolkit was developed in order to be able to convey the identity of The Netherlands in a suitable manner. The Holland Toolkit contains all of the information, including the tools that can be utilised by the foreign network, industry associations and other partners to provide a contribution towards a recognisable, economic and visual identity of The Netherlands. Since the end of October, Dutch Cuisine tools have also been incorporated in this toolkit, enabling embassies all over the world to recreate a Dutch Cuisine dining experience. In addition, the Holland Toolkit also contains information about the significance of Dutch Cuisine for the agricultural boards. In other words, how does the implementation of Dutch Cuisine contribute to an augmented positioning of the Dutch agricultural sector abroad.

The Holland Toolkit, which is accessible via a passwoord for all Dutch posts abroad, consists of the following items: the book ‘Taste Like Dutch, an impression of Dutch culinary culture’, an online guide for local caterers abroad, which can be utilised at embassies and consulates, and Dutch Cuisine house style materials such as invitations, menus, and recipe cards, table decoration, and a mini-exhibition of tableware created by Dutch designers.


Dutch Cuisine Culinary Routes
Through unique routes across the Netherlands, Dutch Cuisine restaurants, growers, landscapes and influencers are promoted to domestic and foreign tourists. It is a total ‘Memorable food culture experience’ that goes beyond simply great ‘eating’ and portrays our rich food history. Each season, chefs, museums, growers, cities and regions with unique (food) landscapes show something different to see, do, and taste: both in the landscape and upon the dinner plate.

In conjunction with the Dutch Bureau for Tourism, the first contours for the touristic Dutch Cuisine Routes have been realised for both the east and the west of the country. All information on products and growers that is collated during the creation of routes, can be utilised for the match-making facility of Dutch Cuisine waabij whereby products with a remarkable story are made (more) accessible for the catering industry and the consumer, thereby reducing the distance between the consumer and (local) growers: the stimulation of the so-called short supply chain.

Through placing people in a ‘memorable food culture experience’, the story behind it is being told, but people can also come into contact with it; additionally, the short supply chain is promoted, and people can traverse the varied Dutch landscape. Here, a connection is made between our food culture and nature.

Dutch Cuisine Regional Match-making
The Dutch culinary identity is partly defined by a great diversity of unique products. In order to inspire chefs and to facilitate in the use thereof, Dutch Cuisine finds it important that these products are readily available for the catering industry.De Nederlandse culinaire identiteit wordt medebepaald door een grote diversiteit aan bijzondere producten. Om chefs te inspireren en te faciliteren in het gebruik daarvan, vindt Dutch Cuisine het belangrijk dat deze producten goed voorhandig zijn voor de horeca.

In the Green Deal Match-making Facility project, the aim is to work towards a national network of the producers of products of that nature. This match-making is reciprocal; on the one hand, great products with a remarkable story are made (more) accessible for the catering industry, and on the other, an economic impulse is offered to local producers through creating increased awareness for existing initiatives (Erkend streekkeurmerk, Lekkers dichtbij), and to make them part of a larger entity. Linking up with the Dutch Cuisine Culinary Routes was a natural progression, and mutually reinforcing. Also, these products will form part of the Dutch Cuisine Awards: a national competition whereby chefs are challenged to vie with each other for the best Dutch Cuisine dish using regional products.

Dutch Cuisine ‘Earth to Table’ events

The ‘Earth to Table’ dinners and exhibition, which were launched during the Dutch Design Week in 2016, received the Best of DDWE2016 award. ‘Earth to Table’ is homage to our Dutch soil and culture. During the ‘Earth to Table’ dinners, Dutch Cuisine chefs enable the regional taste of products from the Dutch soil to be experienced, and Dutch designers show that the same soil produces beautiful clay tableware and glassware. In this manner, the Dutch ‘terroir’ and the abundance it renders are brought together at the table. For more information see the video Earth to Table A Soil Soiree and Earth to Table A Tasting Dinner.

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