Cooking like a master chef for the children of Malawi

40 Dutch and Belgian top chefs reveal their secrets for charity

Amsterdam – Yesterday in Restaurant De Kas, the first copies of Master Chefs for Home Chefs part 5 were presented to Marco Selva of the World Food Programme (WFP) and to master chefs Ronald Kunis, Ramon Beuk and Jeroen de Zeeuw. Marco Selva said, “It’s really wonderful that all the chefs keep giving a recipe to the cookbook each year. It’s a great success. This is the fifth year now and everyone still works on it for free, which makes us very happy”. Master Chefs for Home Chefs will be in the shops from 16 October, World Food Day. The book is extra special because for each copy sold, a child in Malawi receives 40 meals through WFP’s school meals programme.

n part 5 of Master Chefs for Home Chefs, 40 top Dutch and Belgian chefs reveal their secrets. They include Sergio Herman, Jonnie Boer and Margot Reuten. The book contains great recipes with favourite ingredients for wonderful dishes – yet they are all easy to prepare. There are clear instructions and beautiful photographs. Previous parts of this successful series of cookbooks won the ‘Gouden Garde’ Public Award 2010 and the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2011.
 

Proceeds to the World Food Programme

The proceeds from the cookbook will go to the WFP’s school meals programme. The United Nations organisation WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. This year, too, WFP has provided food aid to over 90 million people in more than 70 countries.
 

Free school meals in Malawi

One of WFP’s projects is the school meals programme, which provides schoolchildren with free meals. The concept is a simple one: a meal attracts hungry children to school, where they receive an education and can escape the spiral of hunger and poverty. This is especially important for girls from poor families, who are usually the first to have to stay home. For many parents, the school meals programme is a reason to let their children go to school instead of making them work. It costs WFP only 20 cents to give a child one nourishing meal a day at school.
 
Hunger is the greatest threat to health in the world. It is a bigger problem than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Around one billion people, particularly women and children, suffer from malnutrition and it is the cause of one third of all infant deaths in developing countries.
 

World Food Day

World Food Day is an annual event designed to draw attention to world food problems. Master Chefs for Home Chefs 5 will go into the shops on this special day. “Hunger is a subject that has concerned me for years already”, says top chef Ramon Beuk, who paid a personal visit to the school meals programme in Malawi. “Eating is a fact of life for me; something to enjoy. It’s good to think about what hunger does to you. I’m an ambassador for Master Chefs for Home Chefs because I have a good feeling about this project. I hope that lots of people will buy the book, enjoy the recipes and thereby help the children of Malawi”.
 

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Ronald Kunis’ experience in Malawi

Master chef Ronald Kunis, from restaurant De Kas, says “I was in Malawi in 2008, to see for myself where the proceeds from the book Master Chefs for Home Chefs went. It made a big impression. I felt and smelt what it’s like to live in Malawi and saw that food cannot be taken for granted there”.
 
Kunis is one of the 40 colleagues from the Netherlands and Belgium contributing to the cookbook, many of whom have been awarded one or more Michelin stars. “The book has become more beautiful every year”, says Kunis, “with lots of big culinary names. I think it’s a great present for yourself or to give away, and it helps other people as well. We are so well-off here that it’s good to reflect for once on the situation elsewhere in the world”.
 

Ambassador Ramon Beuk

Ramon Beuk, TV chef and culinary entrepreneur, says “Hunger is a subject that has concerned me for years already. I just don’t understand why we can’t solve the problem. You’d think that if everyone used a bit of common sense, hunger would be a thing of the past. Eating is a fact of life for me; something to enjoy. It’s good to think about what hunger does to you, especially if you’re a child. That’s why I became an ambassador for this project – because it’s about children and because I have a good feeling about it. As a father, I see how important it is that children have the room to develop. And that’s something you only have if you’ve got enough to eat. I also think it’s great that the school meals programme ensures that children go back to school again”.
 
The book is available for €9.99 from www.topkoksvoorthuiskoks.nl, Bol.com, de Bijenkorf, Bruna, Selexyz, AKO and other prime outlets. Around 75,000 copies are sold a year, which means three million school meals a year for children in Malawi.
 
The following chefs have contributed to Master Chefs for Home Chefs 5:
 
1. Yolanda van der Jagt, Daatjes Passie, the Netherlands 
2. Paul van de Bunt, De Leuf, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
3. Ramon Beuk, TV chef and entrepreneur, the Netherlands 
4. François Geurds, Restaurant Ivy, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
5. Jacob Jan Boerma, Restaurant de Leest, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
6. Jonnie Boer, De Librije, three Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
7. Rogér Rassin, Restaurant La Rive, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
8. Ronald Kunis, Restaurant de Kas, the Netherlands 
9. Sergio Herman, Oud Sluis, three Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
10. Margo Reuten, Da Vinci, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
11. Edwin Vincke, De Kromme Watergang, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
12. Gijs Verbeek, Hotel Savelberg, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
13. Jaap Istha, De Bokkepruik, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
14. Dick Middelweerd, De Treeswijkhoeve, the Netherlands 
15. Erik van Loo, Parkheuvel, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
16. Cees Holtkamp, Patisserie Holtkamp, the Netherlands 
17. Ron Blaauw, Ron Blaauw, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
18. André Rigault, Groenland, the Netherlands 
19. George Taselaar, Au Coin des Bons Enfants, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
20. Onno Kokmeijer, Ciel Bleu, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
21. Mario Ridder, De Zwethheul, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
22. Ron van Beek, Antichic, the Netherlands, 
23. Luc Bellings, Aan tafel bij Luc Bellings, two Michelin stars, Belgium 
24. Franky Vanderhaeghe, Hostellerie Sint Nicolas, Belgium 
25. Niven Kunz, Niven, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
26. Martin Kruithof, Restaurant De Lindenhof, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
27. Steven Boumand, Patisserie, the Netherlands 
28. Hidde de Brabander, Patisserie Dreams of Magnolia, 2 stars, the Netherlands 
29. Jean-Baptiste Thomeas, Le Château du Mylord, Belgium 
30. Jeroen de Zeeuw, Restaurant Fris, the Netherlands 
31. Moshik Roth, ‘t Brouwerskolkje, two Michelin stars, the Netherlands 
32. Piet Huysenstruyt, TV chef, Belgium 
33. Gert Jan Cieremans, Seinpost, one Michelin star, the Netherlands, 
34. Marcel Hayes, De Burgemeester, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
35. Jaymz Pool, Restaurant Wilde Zwijnen, the Netherlands 
36. Paul Fagel, Paul Fagel, the Netherlands 
37. Jon Sistermans, Wilhelminapark, the Netherlands 
38. Dennis Richter, O Mundo, one Michelin star, the Netherlands 
39. Geert Van Hecke, De Karmeliet, three Michelin stars, Belgium 
40. Jean Beddingon, Beddington’s, the Netherlands
 
PostNL has been working with the United Nations’ World Food Programme for almost ten years now, and has contributed to the creation of Master Chefs for Home Chefs 5.