Behind every culinary story lies a host of driven people. De Stadt Van Luijck too would not exist without these driving forces. Meet our team, a group of young, talented and ambitious high-flyers in the kitchen and the dining room.
"My entire youth has been about cooking. I was never interested in going out, I just wanted to be the best at finding the right combination of flavours. I was able to gain experience in a variety of top kitchens and to see what (not) to do. Now I’m at the helm, I try to outdo myself at all times. My wife Ardita is a huge and very welcome support in this enterprise and, along with the rest of the team, we try to create a culinary experience
that will long be remembered.
"I strive for perfection every day. Every plate that leaves my kitchen must entrance people.”
At just 22, Willem is one of the youngest talents in the kitchens of De Stadt Van Luijck. Willem’s passion for cooking emerged at a tender age and he started work in the restaurant soon after leaving training. His career started in patisserie and he worked slowly but surely towards becoming Pajtim's right-hand man.
Willem applies the same standards and his ambition is to create a fully-fledged kitchen.
"I was fifteen when I ended up in the catering industry without any previous experience, via a learning-contract. It didn't take long before my interest in wines, cheeses and general gastronomy shone through. I was given the opportunity to work in various quality establishments in Limburg and the surrounding area, both front-of-house and in the kitchens, and it was there that I discovered my passion for this area."
"It was my dream to work as the head waiter at a location such as this and I seized the opportunity with both hands. I love a slightly relaxed, homely atmosphere in which people feel at home and can really be pampered. Personally, I am hugely enthusiastic about food and drink in general so I’m always open to improvements or innovation."