Born and raised in Zeeland, Netherlands, brothers Hendrik and Kamiel are two deeply impassioned gastro junkies. Together they’ve risen to the top of the gastronomy scene by combining their extensive experience in the culinary world!
Blend is a fresh concept, an ever evolving combination of ingredients born from Hendrik and Kamiel’s experiences in both the culinary, mixology and entertaining worlds. Their passion for food, beverage, music and spontaneity is evident by their changing menus and exciting locations.
Hendrik’s career began on his 18th birthday working alongside famous Chef Sergio Herman in the kitchen of his former restaurant Oud Sluis,***. Hendrik recalls this experience as working in “A rock ‘n roll kitchen, one which I will never forget!” After those intense years of learning from the best, he decided to go to another notable restaurant in the area, De Kromme Watergang**, where he worked as sous chef for 4 years under the tutelage of the highly regarded Chef Edwin Vinke. It was during these years where Hendrik’s passion grew for the local, natural and pure ingredients found on the land and in the waters of Zeeland. As apart of his ongoing education, Hendrik has visited many foreign countries where he’s explored new techniques, styles and ingredients. This has inspired him to continue traveling and involving himself with internships. In addition to cooking, Hendrik worked as a sommelier for top Belgian Chef Filip Claeys’ restaurant, The Jonkman*.
Kamiel’s career began as he organized events for Petrol, such as “Ten Days off,” and spent over 4 years managing one of the oldest and highly respected house clubs in Europe, Café d’Anvers. After several years in the entertainment world he began working the bars at Pure C* and The Upper Room Bar of The Jane*, both Sergio Herman establishments. Kamiel turned his focus toward the spirits, both in libations and in atmosphere. By combining his love for music with his mixology experience, Kamiel states, “Music is an underestimated part of a good atmosphere. It’s important to enjoy tasty dishes and top notch cocktails with music that adds to ambience and overall experience.” As a result, a unique atmosphere is built out of a combination of all the senses, leaving one pleasantly stimulated.
Drinks & Bites book presentation, Antwerp, Belgium
03/10 – 29/10
blend bar & resto, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
06/11 – 07/11
TRB Bites, Beijing, China
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