Monday 11.11.2013   |   RESERVE TABLE

A Special Experience

Thérèse and Jonnie Boer

Jonnie Boer

A Special Experience

Love and passion are the main ingredients for this dedicated young Dutch chef and his many inspirations.

Jonnie Boer
Jonnie Boer

The Librije



When you cook and serve a meal with a generous heart, and you put something of yourself into it, it all becomes special, and that is rule number one for Jonnie Boer.


‘We all eat and drink every day, but what we really enjoy is making every day
a special experience’

SIMPLE AND HONEST is how Jonnie Boer describes his food. He loves regional products that come from the homeland of Giethoorn, the place that inspires him to this day where he went hunting and fishing as a child, surrounded by an astounding nature.


At the age of twenty-four, he became head chef at De Librije, which he purchased together with his wife Thérèse. The first Michelin star followed in 1993 and the second in 1999, making him the youngest two-star chef in the Netherlands. In 2004, De Librije became only the second restaurant in the Netherlands to be awarded three stars. In 2005, Jonnie was made a Knight in the Order of Orange Nassau.


The research for the perfect flavour is proven by many of his dishes, which blend tradition with an unusual touch  - Dover sole prepared in smoked butter with sweet and sour leeks stuffed with an oyster and a sauce of lemongrass – which customers go crazy for and as seen by the ingredients, his philosophy of simplicity, respect for nature and no nonsense is the basis of his cooking. But never without a slice of modern genius.

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