portfolio: dutch icons revisited “the dutch + tulip bulbs”

the dutch + tulips.

in 2017 most of the eat’inspirations we created were part of a larger project ‘dutch icons revisited‘.

every 2-3 months we selected another group of dutch icons, which inspired us to all kinds of edible stories.

as “the dutch” and tulips are inextricably connected, it was therefore a MUST to have various remarkable tulip stories on the menu. 

on the image.

  • a detail of a dish in which tulip bulbs are starring.
  • we used 2 different varieties, and prepared the bulbs in various ways marinated, deep fried, a crumble and a puree.
  • the other ingredients we used: chestnut, and jerusalem artichoke.


  • by the way, a deep fried tulip bulb tastes like a chestnut.

portfolio: in search of master talents

eat’inspiration dutch masters III (june-sept 2017).

  • part of our project ‘dutch icons revisited’ in which we explore using regularly changing themes: what makes the dutch dna.


  • eat’inspiration dutch masters III. 
    • most people link the concept of dutch masters to our dutch golden age painters. however, we believe that we have far more master talents in the netherlands than painters only and in different periods. so we stretched the concept.
    • for this new series of dutch masters we created 7 dishes inspired by 7 different master talents. for instance: geert jan jansen (art forger + painter), iris van herpen (fashion artist/designer), etc.


  • in the image. a classic dutch pudding (vegan version) flambé. this dish is inspired by and a tribute to the project ‘where there is smoke’ by maarten baas.  

sonos x quentin deronzier vernissage

mid october 2017 we were commissioned for a real fun food art project during amsterdam dance event (ade).

gabriel ercicia (creative agency gowtu) invited us to create food inspired by the works and projects of quentin deronzier for the visitors of the vernissage.

quentin deronzier is a french visual artist and creative director, best known for his surrealist and colorful album artworks and music videos. he blends conceptual messages with vibrant colors and iridescent textures.

the sonos x quentin deronzier vernissage was held at the pop up sonos house singel 80. the exhibition was part of the ade 2017 programme.


100% vegan for press launch + opening LUSH flagship store amsterdam


  • in march 2017 we were invited by LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics to create the catering of the press launch (march 16th) and the opening (march 17th) of their flagship store at kalverstraat amsterdam.

the brief.

  • 100% vegan
  • colourful, playful and inspired by their products like the bath oils and perfumes, which are only available at this flagship store.
  • flowers.
  • easy to eat and drink. 

portfolio: dutch flower power

the eat’inspiration ‘dutch flower power’ (march 23 – june 25, 2017)


  • part of: our ongoing project ‘dutch icons’ in which we try to capture the dna of the dutch/the netherlands.


  • showcases and explores: the special and powerful relationship of “the dutch” and flowers over the centuries.
    • by creating 7 different eating experiences
    • inspired by artists, tulips, historical events, perfumes, paintings, technology, and economy.


  • on the image: one of the freestyle interpretations of floral still lifes we created; a tribute to floral still-life painting as a particular genre which achieved its greatest importance in the dutch golden age art.  and we learned that the english term still life derives from the dutch word stilleven



portfolio 2017: award ceremony

in february we welcomed a pharmaceutical company at studio de culinaire werkplaats. part of their programme at our venue was an award ceremony.

for this special occassion we created a display for the awards together with a matching bite + drink referring to the field where this company is active.


portfolio: freestyle interpretations of japanese concepts

 the eat’inspiration ‘the beauty of imperfection and more …’ 

  • is all about creating freestyle interpretations of a selection of japanese concepts,
  • and the result 7 different eating experiences.

the art of giving + gift wrapping

  • on the image an impression of one of the desserts, an interpretation of the art of giving + gift wrapping (furoshiki)
  • japan is known as a gift-giving culture. gifts are not presented only on special occasions, but also as part of a reciprocal tradition to show appreciation, to build relationships and to express courtesy.
  • it is not uncommon to give gifts of fruit in japan, as fruit is considered to be a luxury product.
  • the dessert consists of 4 layers, in the centre you’ll discover a marinated cherry, and the dessert is wrapped in edible cherry “paper”. 

portfolio 2017: inspirational session for perfume house

detail of catering for flavourists and fragrance developers

commissioned by an international perfume house we created an interactive inspirational session for a group of fragrance developers.

this inspiration day ended with finger food and diy cocktails inspired by several world famous perfumes.



portfolio 2016: eat’inspiration dutch masters

for the eat’inspiration dutch masters 2016 we have created a 5 and 7 course menu.
one of the seven selected dutch masters on the menu is our most famous dutch golden age painter: rembrandt van rijn.

inspirational source: 

  • the pendant wedding portraits of marten soolmans and oopjen coppit by rembrandt van rijn.



dish inspired by rembrandt van rijn

in short, the story:

  • the portraits were painted upon the occasion of the wedding of marten soolmans and oopjen coppit in 1634;
  • the subjects were painted individually, however, the portraits have been kept together since their inception;
  • the pendant wedding portraits were formerly owned by the rothschild family;
  • and they became jointly owned by the louvre museum paris and rijksmuseum amsterdam;
  • one important condition: the paintings should always travel and exhibit together.


  • it is about a marriage between two different personalities, and the present ownership is a kind of marriage between france and the netherlands;
  • 2 people: 2x en papillote with different fillings consisting of dutch and french ingredients become one dish by mixing the content of both parcels;
  • the parcels are connected by the infinity symbol: symbol for eternal life and the interaction of opposing powers.

portfolio: open source software meets vincent van gogh

after-party github


github san francisco invited us to design and execute a food art concept. this project is without any doubt one of our most favourite projects of the first half year 2016.

the brief.

  • what: create an unconventional f & b concept
  • occasion: the after-party of the github satellite 2016 event
  • venue: van gogh museum amsterdam
  • commissioner: github
  • main sponsor: ibm
  • expected guests: approx. 350
  • theme: the satellite event was all about open source software

the result. 

  • we created a f & b concept in which open source software developement and vincent van gogh would meet.
  • for the food part we designed and built 3 interactive food art installations: a potato installation, a landscape of 6,5 meters, and a installation of “breakables”. the installations were a reflection of  3 distinct features that you can distinguish in the art work of van gogh, and each installation was expressing various parallels and cross overs between the ideas and works of van gogh + open source software development.

for the execution of this concept we teamed up with famous flavours.

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