A talented top chef with a passion for classic French Burgundian cuisine
When he was younger, chef Marko Karelse had the time of his life working as a kitchen assistant at a truckers' cafe in Spijkenisse. He knew for a fact he would one day open his own restaurant. Chef Marko studied at the culinary school in Rotterdam. He got an internship with Restaurant Villa La Ruche in Voorburg during his final year where he learned the tricks of the trade from patron-cuisinier Geo Bosma. Karelse continued his culinary journey and started as chef de partie at Restaurant Castellane in Rotterdam. At the end of his probationary period, he was invited to Villa La Ruche for a beer with chef Bosma, who requested him back. Karelse accepted the offer. Restaurant Villa La Ruche is the place where he started as an apprentice at the age of 19 and now is head chef and owner. In 2009 he asked his partner Erica to help out at the restaurant and ever since then, she has been the hostess of Villa La Ruche.
My cooking style is based on classic French cuisine, Burgundian with modern techniques.
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