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
"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.