Among the highest-rated chefs in The Netherlands, Jacob Jan Boerma is chef patron of De Leest, one of the two restaurants in the country to boast 3 Michelin stars
HE 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 for this chef, who favours local organic ingredients whenever possible. Boerma firmly believes that the quality of the product is the basis of success, which he then crafts into incredibly flavoursome dishes.
In late 2015, he joined forces with the Dutch airline company KLM as its new World Business Class chef, and in 2016, he lent his name to the flagship restaurant of the newly renovated NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam. At The White Room by Jacob Jan Boerma, his signature cuisine remains modern and sophisticated, and features well-balanced international influences with local ingredients.