Michael van der Kroft

Tres, Netherlands

He has been a professional BMX rider in The Netherlands for many years. Because it was difficult to make a living in that business, he started combining his sports activities with work in the kitchen, and that has triggered his passion for food and cooking.

He has worked at Tosca in Rotterdam, a restaurant that at that time was known for refined Italian food. After about two years, he was appointed chef of Tosca.

After Tosca, he became chef de partie in Meliefste. His cooking style was very much aligned with what Thijs Meliefste serves in his restaurant. However, Michael missed the recognition of being a chef himself. That was the moment that he realized that he was ready for his own restaurant. When he was contacted by Jeroen with the idea to open Bij Petit together, things went very fast.

In a basement of the Entrepot building, eager hostess Emy Koster and chef Michael van der Kroft opened Tres, their first own restaurant, at the end of November.

With a menu based on everything their personally chosen producers offer them, a bar and interior with vintage design elements and a quirky approach to service, an evening at Tres is a total experience. “You surrender to us here and we take you for an evening into another world. Our world.”