Chef Wouter Verheijen

How did you get started as a chef?
"First I followed and completed a study HBO Technical Business Administration, during my internships I found out that this was not what I was going to be happy with. At the age of 25 I started cooking. This was and is my biggest hobby. After my studies I therefore returned to Venlo and started cooking at restaurant La Mangerie. At the time, they had a BIB. At the same time, I followed the cook's training. After I had worked there for 2 years and had obtained my cook's diploma, I wanted to gain more experience at a high level. I then moved to the suburbs to work in various starred restaurants. I worked in Amsterdam at Ron Blauw*, in Loenen aan de Vecht at 't Amsterdammertje*, in Harderwijk at 't Nonnetje** and in Haarlem at restaurant Fris (BIB). There I gained a lot of experience at a high level."

What was it like working at the top level?
"During my training I met a very fine chef. He cooked in a restaurant in Harderwijk that had 1 Michelin star at the time. Because I wanted to experience working at that level, I moved to Harderwijk. When I was working there for 3 months, we got a second Michelin star and suddenly we were among the best 15 restaurants in the Netherlands. Super cool! Of course we celebrated the success together that day. Not only did we get a lot of media attention, the reservations also flooded in. That afternoon we were suddenly booked up six months in advance. Suddenly you have guests who come especially for that second star. A few days later I was sitting at the table of Belgian guests. The week after the Michelin stars were awarded, they visited all the new 2-star establishments. It's very special!

Why do you like working at Cabillaud?
"Cabillaud is one of the most beautiful places in Venlo. The view over the river Maas and the Old Market and the fantastic entourage make it a wonderful place to receive guests. Guests really feel like they are away for an evening, almost on holiday. If you can then express your ideas and prepare and serve your dishes to guests, that's great. Especially if those guests appreciate it too with the beautiful reviews they write."

How do you come up with new dishes and what makes them so delicious?
"I come up with new dishes by asking myself what I like and what I would like to eat in a restaurant. I think that my style of cooking is also characterised by freshness, so the use of acids, no classic heavy butter sauces but rather easily digestible dishes. I don't want people to have to leave the table after five courses, but I do want them to have a nice feeling of fullness."

Is there an ingredient you use often?
"I don't have a specific ingredient that I use all the time but I do love working with lemon and lime. The zest, juice and combination of these are fantastic acids. In the right amount it just works very refreshing and invigorating. I like to use that in dishes."

Want to know more about Chef Wouter? Read the full article in the Maaspoort Magazine, which is available for free in De Maaspoort!

Reviews

Excellent
4.5
Based on 169 reviews
Andreas M.
Haben als Hotelgäste spontan noch einen Platz bekommen.Essen sehr lecker, erkennbar um Sterneniveau bemüht.Service aufmerksam, Weinempfehlung war gut.Auf der Dachterrasse spektakulärer Sundown (wenn das Wetter mitspielt).
Response from the owner: Hello Andreas, thank you so much for the lovely review!
Yvette van der K.
Delicious food, nice ambiance.
Response from the owner: Thanks for the lovely review Yvette!
Carsten G.
Erstklassige Küche in einer Mega Location. Lohnt sich auch mal in der Woche Abends vorbeizukommen.
Response from the owner: Thanks Carsten for the great review!
Arjan L.
Last night again thoroughly enjoyed the new menu, the wines, the service and the whole ambiance of Cabillaud. We have been coming there for years and every night is another culinary delight, thanks to the top team at Cabillaud!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the nice review Arjan, see you soon!
marcel J.
Delicious dinner in a very cozy atmosphere with a super pianist.
Response from the owner: Hello Marcel, thank you very much for the nice review.
Hannipanni W
The beautifully lit peaceful warrior on the Maasboulevard Venlo
Response from the owner: Hi HanniPanni, thanks for the five stars!
Marita M.
Wie gesagt, mitten im Trubel, rauf auf's Dach ( ab 17.00h) herrlich ruhig.Umlaufende Terrasse mit Loungemöbeln, im Restaurant modernes Ambiente und dennoch gemütlich. Essen fantastisch, Weine, Champagner. Supernettes Personal.
Response from the owner: Hello Marita, what a super nice review. Thank you so much and see you soon!
Judith S.
Delicious dinner with friends. Took matching wines and this made it áf! Portions nicely sized and just enough time between courses. We will be back soon.
Response from the owner: Hello Judith, what a beautiful review. Thank you so much for coming and see you soon.
Evi U.
Sehr nettes Ambiente 😊👍🏻
Response from the owner: Hello Evi, thank you so much for the nice review!
Marcel L.
Few words about it,Just the best restaurant in the city of Venlo
Response from the owner: Wow Marcel, thanks for this great review! Hope to see you again soon.
Cynthia Bergen H.
In one word: delicious. We will definitely come back again.The chef surprised us with beautiful combinations of flavors. Refined and precisely balanced.
Response from the owner: Huge thanks for your review, Cynthia!
Ulrich R.
Sehr zu empfehlen das Ambiente bietet einen wundervollen Blick über die Maas, gerade im Sonnenuntergang Sehr zu empfehlen
Response from the owner: Hello Ulrich, thank you very much for the nice review. Hope to see you soon!
beatface09
The Restaurant is just amazing!Fantastic food for an unbelievable price! Especially the menu is unbelievably good! We will always come back!
Response from the owner: Hello Beatface09, what nice words! Reviews like this do us good, thanks and see you soon.
Sophie
Wow wow wow wow!Wir hatten das DREI GÄNGE MENÜ für 48,00€ und es war eine Traum! Was für eine großartige Qualität. Sehr zu empfehlen und wir kommen wieder
Response from the owner: Hello Sophie, what a lovely review. Thank you for the nice words, it does us good.
Koos B.
Had delicious menu with nice wine. Food was from a top chef
Response from the owner: Hello Koos, thank you very much for the nice five star review. See you soon.
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