Your Tour Guide

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.  Which, to my great joy was voted by a committee of national experts as being one 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, originally to teach people to cook and to use my business experience by working on a consultancy basis to help small and medium sized food businesses reach their potential.  As time went on writing about food and food tours took over.

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.