There are three important things in life: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I discovered this while working office jobs. All I could think about was eating. Now please don’t think I am a shallow pig with the sole ambition of devouring food. I am actually interested in the story behind an ingredient, a manic chef, a Roman recipe. That’s how I became a food writer, chef and food stylist. Convinced of being the reincarnation of an Etruscan princess, I moved to Italy for some years. This has only increased my love of food (and men, but that’s obviously none of your business). Thanks to a linguistic education and several years spent in Rome, Florence and London, as well as writing in Dutch I also work in English and Italian. One moment I will be scraping lobster left overs from the kitchen floor, the next I’m having a medieval 59-course-dinner in the south of Italy with the local mafiosi. I’m based in Amsterdam.
Vanja van der Leeden
food stylist, food writer and freelance chef
V A N J A | culinary communication
1022 AB Amsterdam