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Dutch Chef Robert Janse brings taste of The Netherlands to WVU

Hatfields and Café Evansdale were adorned with tulips, windmills and the flag of The Netherlands on Oct. 24 and 25, as the smells of smoked sausage, bistro steak and bacon wafted through the air.

WVU Dining Services was host to Global Chef Robert Janse, who brought the flavors of The Netherlands to West Virginia University for lunch at each of the dining halls.

Getting his start in his parents’ hotel kitchen in the south of the Netherlands, Chef Janse loved helping the chefs, which made it clear that being a chef was the profession for him. His work in fine dining restaurants introduced him to the beauty of local in-season ingredients, which inspires him to this day in his role as chef for DAF Trucks in Eindhoven.

Chef Janse spoke with the students and other lunch guests about the cuisine of The Netherlands as they lined up to try dishes such as yogurt curd with amaretti, soaked raisins and atsina cress; and a fresh salad featuring goat cheese, Dutch strawberries, walnuts, tahoon cress and balsamic syrup.

The Global Chef visit was the second for WVU Dining Services, which also hosted a chef from Germany during the Spring 2019 semester. The Sodexo Global Chef program is an opportunity from chefs around the world to spend a one-month residency in the United States, visiting select cafes and dining halls and sharing culinary experiences with students, staff, faculty and guests.

For more information or questions, visit WVU Dining Services’ website, email, or call (304)293-9999.

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