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Kars van Wechem

Kars van Wechem

Chef Kars van Wechem’s culinary career starts with a part-time job as a dishwasher at a roadside restaurant. He's promoted to kitchen assistant within two weeks and starts baking pancakes and fried eggs. He enrolls in culinary school and interns at restaurant De Swaen in Oisterwijk. Chefs Nestor Cas Spijkers and Nico Boreas teach him what it means to endure and survive in the kitchen.  Kars always aims for the highest standard, especially in his education. As a result, he gets invited to cook in Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen. When he returns to the Netherlands, he joins restaurant De Librije and switches from a militaristic environment to a more casual one. Here, chef Jonnie Boer's cooking style is innovative, playful, and extremely pure. Kars Van Wechem's love for local Dutch products is born here. He and his partner, sommelier Monique Korteschiel, who also works at De Librije, finally decide to go their own way. In 2007, the couple opens restaurant De Saffraan in the heart of Amersfoort.

In the kitchen I like to be inspired by the Dutch terroir, whether it concerns fish, beef or game; everything comes from Dutch soil.

Kars van Wechem

Chef - Owner

De Saffraan

Amersfoort, Netherlands
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If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind dining establishment, you have come to the right place. De Saffraan Restaurant is located in the "Hope for Prosperity": a 100-year-old clipper ship that has been completely refurbished into a restaurant. Inside, you will find Dutch haute cuisine in a warm and friendly setting. Through the portholes of the former skipper's quarters in the deck-house, you have a look at the galley. A nice dinner or a great lunch can be enjoyed outside on the deck, while taking in all the beauty the Amersfoort area has to offer.

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