meet the initiators.

the initiators.

de culinaire werkplaats is the brainchild of marjolein wintjes and eric meursing. the ‘trigger’ for this business concept and their ambition can be found about 13 years ago. at that time the couple changed their personal lifestyles, discovered some hidden talents and were looking for new personal and business opportunities.

both marjolein and eric have a multi-disciplinary background, which echoes in all their ideas and projects. meet the initiators in a nutshell starting with marjolein:

marjolein wintjes

marjolein: “de culinaire werkplaats offers me the opportunity to combine certain aspects of my life that are very important to me together with a range of thoughts that i like to exchange with other people. in a very playful way i like to inspire people to re-think what and how they are eating.”

marjolein is a food conceptualist, a storyteller and researcher and she

  • studied general social sciences, an interdisciplinary study, at the university of utrecht and graduated cum laude.
  • she takes special interest in rituals, behavorial routines and learning processes.
  • developed through her change of lifestyle her love for and knowledge of vegetables, artisan bread, the world of grains and the importance of personal health;
  • enjoys the versatility food and textile fibres.

eric meursing

eric: “i like the fact that i can combine and integrate 3 different professions that have the same importance to me: 3D designing, professional cooking and being an entrepreneur. i like to challenge people to eat more adventurously with vegetables, fruits and grains.”

eric is a food conceptualist, a designer and chef and he:

  • studied 3d at artez arnhem (institute of the arts) and is a qualified professional chef (SVH).
  • is working on the dinner plate of the future.
  • would like to challenge people to eat and cook more adventurous with vegetables, fruits, speciality grains, herbs and nuts.

awards & nominations

  • best benelux vegetable restaurant 2011: de culinaire werkplaats won the award the best benelux vegetable restaurant 2011 with 5 water dishes.
  • golden tray for fairtrade@work 2010: de culinaire werkplaats was awarded the golden tray by max havelaar for fairtrade@work on october 26th, 2010.
  • westerlicht 2009 award: in december 2009 de culinaire werkplaats won the westerlicht award 2009 with a dish consisting of 3 different bitterballs (dutch croquettes shaped as a ball): parsnip, carrot-mint and apple-almond. the bitterballs were served with matching wines.
  • yarden stimulans 2009: on july 5, 2009 marjolein introduced a new concept to the world: emotion breads. she presented a glimpse of her first collection during the exhibition ‘she bakes.emotions’. with the concept of emotion.breads she presents a new and contemporary perspective on specialty breads and the role of bread in the sweetish and savourish moments of our lives. in september 2009 her emotionbreads were shown at a new exhibition ‘shebakes.insilence’. marjolein was nominated for the Yarden Stimulans 2009 award with her concept of emotionbreads.
 

some other type of fiber art

marjolein is a storyteller. she tells stories with food, e.g. with her emotion.breads of installations like deli.wear. fibers are her life. so the move from dietary fibers to textile fibers was a natural process. at de culinaire werkplaats you’ll find a lot of her work and she’s often working on commissions in the restaurant.

she makes amongst other things:

  • textile paper
  • cocoons
  • breeding spots for free spots
  • small conceptual installations
  • material explorations

here a glimpse of her work.

 

 
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Thank you for visiting us!

Unfortunately De Culinaire Werkplaats is closed permanently.

Sometime next year we will be publishing a book about this unique place.

 eric meursing