Restaurant de Leest, owned by Kim Veldman and Jacob Jan Boerma opened its doors in the summer of 2002. In 2013 it was awarded with a third Michelin star. Chef Jacob Jan Boerma is renowned for his use of seasonal and regional products. He learned the latest and best cooking techniques all over the world; acquired knowledge of a variety of local ingredients while in Scandinavia, discovered exciting new ingredients and flavours from different continents, and enhanced his general gourmet expertise during trips throughout Europe.
"Don’t forget the quality of the product, it is key for a successful dish!” is very important to him.
In a skillful and craftsman like way, Boerma translates all of these experiences into cosmopolitan and creative dishes for his sophisticated clientele. His perfectionism is evident in the way he prepares flavourful dishes. This has been acknowledged throughout his career. Culinary art of the very highest standard, in which his restaurant was ranked number 2 of the best 500 restaurants of the Netherlands, 19.5 points Gault Millau and Chef of the Year 2010.