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July 2024
The 5 Japanese cooking techniques

Hokkai Kitchen

Kuniyoshi Ohtawara is a chef from Tokyo who has been working in the Netherlands since 2005 to spread Japanese cuisine among the Dutch population. He does this from his restaurant Hokkai Kitchen in IJmuiden and with his brand new cookbook Hokkai - The Taste of Japan in IJmuiden. 'Hokkai' means North Sea and indicates what the restaurant is all about: fish. Wherever possible, directly from the North Sea, but for the products that do not come ashore in IJmuiden, Kuniyoshi also sources ingredients from Japan such as scallops, wood-aged miso, and soy sauce. In this masterclass, Kuniyoshi takes you through the five basic techniques in Japanese cuisine using recipes from the Hokkai cookbook. For example, he shows you how to properly cut beautiful fish (kiru) and steam silky-smooth chawan-mushi (musu). Also covered are grilling (yaku), stewing (niru), and deep-frying (ageru). Each one essential basic technique for those who want to learn to cook Japanese at home.

Expected: July 2024
July 2024
Knife skills

Knife skills - Pasquale Carfora

Cutting techniques are an important part of cooking because they not only affect the presentation of a dish but also the taste and texture of the ingredients. In this masterclass, top chef Pasquale Carfora explains everything about various basic knife skills and helps you work more efficiently and accurately in the kitchen. He demonstrates the proper posture, explains the importance of the quality of your knives, and shows the basic techniques for cutting vegetables, fish, and meat. Do you want to improve your cutting techniques? Then you will need to practice a lot. Make sure you have a good sharp knife (important!) and first master the claw technique. Once you have that down, you can proceed to practice the other cutting techniques.

Expected: July 2024
Summer 2024
Smokey barbecue

Jord Althuizen

Jord's passion for barbecuing was sparked in 2009, after a vacation in America. There, he discovered the American barbecue culture and began to delve into the smoky and robust flavours they created. In 2010, he embarked on his mission to introduce the Netherlands to a better form of barbecuing over real fire. And with success, with Smokey Goodness he introduced authentic American barbecue to the Netherlands and quickly garnered a large following. His business grew into a well-known brand, famous for its authentic flavours and creative presentations. His books, such as "Smokey Goodness: The Ultimate BBQ Book," quickly became bestsellers and received numerous awards. With his energetic and charismatic personality, Jord Althuizen is not only a successful entrepreneur and author but also a passionate mentor. He is therefore the perfect person for this smokey masterclass where he will teach you the basic techniques of a kamado barbecue and, of course, share some of his signature dishes with you!

Expected: Summer 2024
September 2024
Masterclass mussels

Laurent Smallegange

As a child, chef Laurent Smallegange spent a lot of time in his parents' restaurant kitchen, where his passion for cooking began. He enrolled in hotel school to start his culinary education. After that, he decided to work in top restaurants around the world. Laurent was only 22 years old when he took over restaurant Spetters in Zeeland in 2011. In 2013, the team was awarded a Michelin star. In 2015, Laurent was named 'Promise of the Year' by Gault Millau. In this masterclass, this chef from Zeeland will teach you everything about mussels. From the basics of mussels—how a mussel grows, how to clean them, how to recognize fresh mussels—to beautiful culinary creations, all featuring mussels as the star ingredient.

Expected: September 2024
Summer 2024
Italian fine dining

Pasquale Carfora

Pasquale Carfora is a master at refining Italian cuisine. In Restaurant Aroma, located in the heart of the Veluwe, The Netherlands, Pasquale strives to redefine the Italian dining experience and elevate it to the standards of fine dining. Together with his wife, Elisa Leune, who is also of Italian descent, they are dedicated to showcasing the rich culinary heritage of their native Italy, particularly the Agro Pontino region. At Aroma, the focus is on refining Italian quality and local seasonal products from the Veluwe. In Pasquale's masterclass, you will learn all about the very best Italian products and how to create an authentic Fine Dining experience from Italian cuisine. Everyone knows pasta bolognese, mushroom risotto, or tiramisu, but how do you turn classic Italian dishes into a serious Fine Dining experience? Pasquale will teach you in the upcoming masterclass.

Expected: Summer 2024
Fall 2024
Modern French Cuisine II

Michael Nizzero II

After his successful first masterclass in which Michael Nizzero shared with you his signature dishes, a second masterclass was bound to happen. This time, he goes back to basics and teaches you some simple techniques and recipes from French cuisine that any home cook can use. He then shares some of his vegetarian favourites, showing how versatile you can cook without meat or fish. It is Michael's mission to pass on his knowledge to as many culinary epicureans as possible, and this passion is reflected in his masterclass. Learn all about modern, vegetarian French cuisine with Michael Nizzero.

Expected: Fall 2024
Fall 2024
Simple gastronomy

Jacob Jan Boerma II

Step back into the culinary world of Chef Jacob Jan Boerma during his second masterclass. After the great success of his first masterclass and the many enthusiastic reactions and photos of his dishes, a second masterclass was of course inevitable. What the theme will be, we will keep secret for now! But we can already tell you that it will be stunning and creative dishes with a gastronomic twist. Let yourself be guided by the passion and expertise of this renowned chef, and discover a world of flavours that will enchant you. Cook like a professional, share Jacob Jan Boerma's unique signature and create an unforgettable experience at home.

Expected: Fall 2024