Award ceremony, past years

2019 Award Ceremony

This year the prize-giving ceremony took place during the Kookboekenweek, an annual campaign organized by the CPNB to promote Cookbooks in the Netherlands.

At the Aula of the University of Amsterdam the 2018 Johannes van Dam Prize was awarded to the French chef Alain Passard.

The publication De Amsterdamse herberg 1450-1800 by Dutch historian Maarten Hell was awarded the Joop Witteveen Prize 2019.

2018 Award Ceremony

This year the prize-giving ceremony took place in one of the final days of the Kookboekenweek. The Kookboekenweek is an annual campaign organized by the CPNB to promote Cookbooks in the Netherlands.

At the Aula of the University of Amsterdam the 2017 Johannes van Dam Prize was awarded to the American chef and activist Alice Waters. The Joop Witteveen Prize was not awarded this year.

Pictures of the festivities by Monique Kooijmans can be found here.

2017 Awards Ceremony

On 17 November the prize-giving ceremonies of the Johannes van Dam Prize and the Joop Witteveen Prize took place in one of the final days of the Kookboeken7daagse. The Kookboeken7daagse is an annual campaign organized by the CPNB to promote Cookbooks in the Netherlands.

At the Aula of the University of Amsterdam the 2016 Johannes van Dam Prize was awarded to the Israeli-British chef and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi.

The publication Antwerpen a la Carte was awarded the 2016 Joop Witteveen Prize. The exhibition catalogue of Museum MAS at Antwerp was edited by curator Leen Beijers and Ilja van Damme.

2016 Awards Ceremony

This year the prize-giving ceremonies of the Johannes van Dam Prize and the Joop Witteveen Prize were combined with the start of the Kookboeken7daagse at Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam. The Kookboeken7daagse is an annual campaign organized by the CPNB and the Wonderneming to promote Cookbooks in the Netherlands.

On 4 November 2016 the 2015 Johannes van Dam Prize was awarded to the Dutch Chef John Halvemaan. The Jury praised his contributions to Dutch gastronomy. The former chef of the La Rive Restaurant of the Amstel Hotel started his own restaurant Halvemaan in 1989.

The publication Nederland dineert was awarded the 2015 Joop Witteveen Prize. The exhibition catalogue edited by curator Jet Pijzel-Dommisse was chosen among 4 nominated publications.

Pictures of the festivities by Monique Kooijmans can be found here.

 

Gala of the Cookbook 2015

The 2015 edition of the Gala of the Cookbook took place on 16 January 2015 at the Aula of the University of Amsterdam.

The 2014 Johannes van Damprijs was awarded to the founder of the international Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini. Jury Chair Louise Fresco honored Petrini in her speech, stating he singlehandedly changed our way of thinking about food and society.

The Joop Witteveenprijs, for the best historical research in the field of food culture in the Netherlands and Flanders, was won by the young Dutch historian Jon Verriet. He received his award for his publication ‘Ready meals and cultural values in the Netherlands , 1950-1970’ published in Food & History.

The Belgian PhD candidate Maxime Poulain received the Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium for his research proposal on food practices at the early modern castle Middelburg in Flanders (Belgium). The ceremony in the Aula started with the donation of two collections to the University Library of Amsterdam: the Ria Holleman archive by her sons Wessel and Arnoud Holleman and the Cookbook of the Year collection by Fusina Verloop.

Pictures of the festivities by Monique Kooijmans can be found here.

 

Gala of the Cookbook 2014

On 17 January 2014 the second Gala of the Cookbook took place at the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam. Before the price-giving ceremony started Allard Schroeder paid tribute to the memory of Johannes van Dam.

At the ceremony the 2013 Joop Witteveen Prize was given to Claudia Goldstein for her book ‘Pieter Bruegel and the Culture of the Early Modern Dinner Party’.
The Johannes van Dam Prize, was presented by Louise Fresco to Harold McGee, renowned author of books on food chemistry.

Professor J.M. van Winter was honored for her contributions to the history of food by the founding of a grant in her name: the Professor J.M. van Winter Stipendium.

Pictures of the festivities by Monique Kooijmans can be found here.

 

Gala of the Cookbook 2013

On 18 January 2013 around four hundred visitors attended the first University of Amsterdam Gala of the Cookbook.

At the festive ceremony in the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam the 2012 Johannes van Dam Prize was awarded to Claudia Roden. The jury praised Mrs. Roden for her extraordinary achievements in spreading knowledge of gastronomy in her publications.

The 2012 Joop Witteveen Prize went to Flemish historian Daniëlle De Vooght. She received the prize for her book The King Invites: Performing Power at a Courtly Dining Table, in which she describes how nineteenth-century Belgian kings used the eating culture at court to maintain their networks.

As well as the two prize-giving ceremonies, there were many culinary exhibitions, presentations, and tasting opportunities. Edouard Cointreau of Gourmand International donated at the Gala of the Cookbook, the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards Collection to the University of Amsterdam.

Pictures of the festivities by Monique Kooijmans can be found here.