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interview • December 17th, 2021

Interview with Werner Croymans


Werner Croymans is chef at restaurant Somm in Uden, the Netherlands. This fine-dining spot is located in the center of a small town, and houses both a restaurant and shop. Named after the word sommelier, this is a name on par with the in-house wine shop.  Here, chef Werner cooks with a modern-classic style and seasonal depth. The menu is driven by his excellent flavour combinations. To get to know Werner a bit better, we asked him some questions about his culinary preferences as a chef.

Werner, how would you describe your cooking style?

My cooking style is classically French, as that's how I was trained, but mixed with a worldly and modern approach.

One of my favorite ingredients is tomato, as it is so versatile. Tomatoes can be used and processed in countless different ways.

Werner Croymans

Restaurant Somm

What's your favourite dish to make?

My favorite dish is baked and lacquered veal sweetbread, with cèpes (mushroom) and veal gravy. I think sweetbreads are a very tasty product and I am a big fan of classic sauces that come together nicely.

Who is one of your top suppliers or producers?

I enjoy working with our supplier Cuimed, who delivers delicious Spanish delicacies. They have really top products that make a difference in our dishes.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your culinary career?

My biggest challenge to date has been to start a restaurant. To do everything possible for it to become a success and to take it one step further. Trying to do better and better within the possibilities that I have.

Which gastronomic trend are you excited about the most?

A big trend I like is to focus on products that are not immediately luxury products. And to use them in a varied menu. For example, turning an octopus into a tasty and fun dish, and surprising our guests with it.

If you could only eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would that be?

I would go for fried langoustines with marrow sauce.

What’s one thing in the area that guests have to see or do?

Uden has a lively bustling center, but also offers an extensive and beautiful area for cycling that’s worth checking out.

Thank you, Werner.

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Try chef Werner Croymans’s unparalleled modern French cuisine for yourself at restaurant Somm in Uden, the Netherlands. You can make your lunch or dinner reservation through our website.