Your tour guide, that’s me, Karen Vivers.
Originally I’m from Scotland but have eaten my way to Amsterdam via London and Portugal. First and foremost I love food and I love the city of Amsterdam.
I’ve lived here since 1997 and after having worked in lots of corporate and hospitality environments, I started my own delicatessen in 2000. To my great joy the store was voted by a committee of national experts as being on of the best food speciality stores in the country. We had a fabulous assortment of wine, cheeses and meats sourced from artisanal producers in the Netherlands and Europe. I accompanied this with my own product range. After winning this accolade and being given the title by “Lekker” magazine as the cheese fondue specialist and a cooking spot on AT5 (Amsterdam TV) I decided it was time for a new adventure.
And so, in 2010 I started The Cooking Coach, where I teach people to cook, offer culinary tasting tours help food businesses realise their goals and potential.
I have a passion for good, honest food and for the people who produce and sell it.
Whether you are visiting Amsterdam or live here, allow me to share with you the real food treasures in the city.