The Dutch restaurant guide hosted a charity dinner at the launch of its new book and announced its 2019 winners.
The guide’s launch was celebrated with a charity dinner on 3 December in Kromhouthal, Amsterdam.
Presented by celebrity Dutch actress Katja Schuurman, the dinner was characterised by gastronomic experiences, entertainment and auctions to raise money for the World Food Program.
In addition to the celebration of Dutch gastronomy, Gault&Millau and Mastercard joined forces to put another important theme on the map: food aid to children. The goal was to collect as many donations together as possible, whereas the total amount of all donations was doubled by Mastercard.
Each year, the United Nations’ World Food Program provides more than 20 million children with school meals. Mastercard contributes annually 100 million meals to schoolchildren in developing countries worldwide, of which 1.9 million meals from Mastercard Netherlands. By offering school meals, access to education is stimulated and children are given the opportunity to develop themselves, ultimately to be no longer dependent on food aid and to be financially independent.
While Gault&Millau knows everything about a good meal, the World Food Program knows how important it is to have a meal at all. At Gault&Millau's charity dinner, both worlds came together in one evening. Some of the best chefs in the Netherlands cooked for the event's guests, including the chefs nominated this year as 'Chef of the Year' and 'Young Top Chef of the Year'.
The launch of the new guide was celebrated with the top of Dutch gastronomy and partners of Gault&Millau. As part of the awards ceremony, the winners for 2019 were announced at the event.
Godfried van der Lugt, Gault&Millau Netherlands director, said, "Our mission is to highlight Dutch gastronomy and to show quality enthusiasts on the plate, with reliable, independent information to the best things the Netherlands has to offer. Talent and beautiful craftsmanship and creativity we have to all cherish and reward."
1. Chef of the year Onno Kokmeijer (Ciel Blue, Amsterdam)
2. Young top chef of the year Jim de Jong (Restaurant De Jong, Rotterdam)
3. Discovery of the year Mike Cornelissen (Rijnzicht, Doornenburg)
4. Chief of the year Chris Naylor (Restaurant Vermeer, Amsterdam)
5. 'Bistronomist' of the year Dennis de Haan (Restaurant de Haan, Groningen)
6. Craftsman of the year Paul Hartering (Restaurant Gebr. Hartering, Amsterdam)
7. Asian restaurant of the year Mei Wah, Taks Yuen (Eindhoven)
8. Price - fun of the year Huisje James, Heine Ruitenbeek & Inge Scholten (Ugchelen)
9. Pastry chef of the year Yurii Ivanov (Restaurant Wiesen, Eindhoven)
10. Newcomer of the year 212, Amsterdam (v Oostenbrugge & Groot)
11. Hostess of the year Marleen Brouwer (De Loohoeve, Schoonloo)
12. Sommelier of the year Koen van der Plas (Inter Scaldes, Kruiningen)
13. Wine list of the year Bottles, Sas van Gent (Jens and Bart Hoogstad)
14. Terrace of the year Kasteel Engelenburg, Brummen (Johan & Carin Agricola)
15. Cocktail bar of the year Tales & Spirits, Amsterdam (Boudewijn Mesritz & Lydia Soedadi)
Gault&Millau Netherlands congratulates the winners of the Gault&Millau 2019 awards and wishes all guests a festive day.