We believe in more plants, fewer animals
Bring yourself, Emile will do the sameEmile van de Staak is 45 years old. He is the owner and chef at De Nieuwe Winkel restaurant in Nijmegen.
Emile van der Staak
Although I am the chef and owner, I don’t run this place on my own. We are a team of super talented people, who focus all our knowledge and expertise on using plants to create fantastic dishes. We believe in more plants, fewer animals. We look beyond what is available at the supermarket and seek out edible alternatives all year round. And the list of botanical options is almost endless.
Food forest with 400 species
What makes us unique is that we devote a lot of attention and energy to our new crops.
Green Michelin Star
That has not always been the case, however. Ten years ago, serving meat was still the standard and we regularly had very dissatisfied guests. Now De Nieuwe Winkel has been awarded two Michelin Stars, one 'regular' and one Green. So you see, the zeitgeist is changing. The Green Star is awarded to companies that play a pioneering role in the field of sustainability. I consider it an incentive award. It means we get to provide a bigger platform for our story. We launch a new season every quarter, after which you have two to three weeks to make a reservation. If we were to release it in full, it would probably fill up completely.
Era of plants
It's great that there is a restaurant that produces fantastic flavors from products you didn't even know existed or elevates ordinary products to unexpected levels. I hope the concept of 'more plants, fewer animals' will be commonplace in ten years' time and will consider our mission to be a success when I’m surpassed by other chefs and cookbook authors who inspire people at home.
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