Born and raised in the Netherlands in a Dutch-Indonesian home, I traveled to many places before finally settling down in Idaho. Food is a huge part of my life: I eat and grow it, read and write about it and work with it every day.
I graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management in Barcelona, Spain, where I lived for a decade. Upon returning to Holland, I also obtained a diploma in Café and Restaurant Management from the SVH. At one point in my life I realized that there were three things that made me happiest: teaching, writing and all things food. I was able to leave my job in a technical field and return to school, this time to get a culinary education. (What I really wanted to learn was how to bake bread and make some of those wonderful Dutch loaves that I missed so much!).
While I was at it, I figured I better become a Master Gardener and a Master Food Preserver too. Nobody was going to stop me now! I recently obtained my Prochef I certification at the Culinary Institute of America.
I currently work as a Culinary Instructor at the College of Western Idaho's Culinary Arts college. My freelance writing and food photography are published regularly in Dutch, the magazine, Idaho Women's Journal and other publications.
The Dutch Table has recently founded a publishing company that will focus on promoting ethnic cuisines, foreign foods and culinary education.
Drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you at nicole at thedutchtable dot com.