Gault&Millau Netherlands launches 2019 guide

The Dutch restaurant guide hosted a charity dinner at the launch of its new book and announced its 2019 winners.

The charity dinner

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. 


Food aid

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.


The partnership

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'.


Gault & Millau 2019 winners

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.