What's the best thing about living in Amsterdam?
I love it! Amsterdam is a little cosmopolitan village with the feeling of a big city, but small distances that you can travel by bike. To me, that combination means a quality standard of living.
I don’t have time to go as often as I’d like to but I do sometimes go to DeLaMar. I like the minimalistic and modern atmosphere of the building.’
The EYE film museum building is wonderful. I like the combination of a cinema and a museum under one roof.
The EYE film museum
Castell, on the Lijnbaansgracht, which has been serving great steak for 35 years. To me, this restaurant defines Amsterdam: the historic building, the authentic atmosphere. I go there every other week. I always eat the Sirloin or the ribs. So good.
I’m really interested in photography, so Foam is one of my favourites. Last year I saw an exposition by Jacob van Rozelaar. I loved it. There’s so much expression in his pictures.
What’s the best thing about Amsterdammers?
They are grounded, intelligent, basic and casual. I like that. It’s the bread and butter of life. Everyone rides bikes no matter how much money they have. It seems no one needs to show off.
And the worst?
The men really aren’t romantic.
What’s the best view in Amsterdam?
From the ADAM Tower (former Shell tower), in Amsterdam North. I’m opening a restaurant there at the beginning of 2016, so I’ve had the chance to climb the tower already. Since the building is under construction there’s no elevator yet so I had to climb the stairs. It was a bit exhausting, but the view is splendid.
De Jordaan is an area full of colour – the colours of the buildings, the little bookshops, the canals and the old boats. In short, the colours of life. The atmosphere is so local there.
What should someone do with a single day in Amsterdam?
Foodhallen indoor food hall in De Hallen
Who’s your favourite Amsterdam artist?
The street artist Selwyn Senatori. His style is really unique. He has a gallery now on the Rokin. He often comes to my restaurant. One afternoon he drew his cartoons on all our napkins.
What building would you most like to spend the night in?
I really like the Sir Albert Hotel, in De Pijp. The building is a former diamond factory, such a beautiful piece of history. And it’s so lively, there are always people chatting and enjoying life.
So many. But if I have to pick one then that would be Jos van Tilburg, from G-Star. He started this brand from scratch and now G-star is one of the best-known brands in the world. He’s so inspiring to me.