Kitchen Republic is a culinary co-working space in Amsterdam where food entrepreneurs start and grow their business. Over the past four years, we’ve been building both a physical and community platform to enable innovation, production and education. We believe that by connecting people with great ideas , we are forming the future of the Dutch food landscape in a spectacular way.
Meet our team
Bart-jan veldhuizen, Co-founder
Meet the business brains behind the operation. Inspired by his visits to several of the pioneers of shared kitchen spaces in the States, Bart-Jan founded Kitchen Republic with the vision to built the ultimate food business accelerator. Practical and experimental in equal measure (maybe because he holds both Dutch AND American passports), Bart-Jan still believes that good food must be delicious before it can be anything else.
emma (veerhuis) veldhuizen, co-founder
As an entrepreneur herself (Rockstart and SFYA alumnae and founder of VanChefs online catering platform), Emma understands the ups and downs of the startup’s journey. That’s why she’s focused on developing Kitchen Republic’s community and education programs, offering the support, guidance, and insights from industry mentors who’ve been on the frontlines themselves. On the rare occasion that she stops moving, Emma is relaxing with some wine at the cozy Café de Klepel (most likely with her partner in life and business, Bart-Jan.)
bas de vries, member manager
Bas is the eyes and ears of Kitchen Republic, and if something needs doing, he’s on it. Joining the team after several years as Head of Operations for SLA’s fourteen stores, Bas took on the role of “efficiency hero” as Kitchen Republic’s member community and physical space grew (and continues to grow!) He’s the problem-solver-in-chief, and when he’s not cruising around the kitchen floor, he’s obsessing over his favorite football team, Ajax.