Noni Kooiman is a chef, writer, and recipe developer who was raised in Suriname and Amsterdam. In the past decade, she has worked in various trending restaurants such as Coba, Vuurtoreneiland, De Klepel in Amsterdam, and Rose Bakery in Paris. She is the author of several cookbooks. Her first book, Inmaken (2020), co-authored with Jonah Freud, was shortlisted for the Golden Cookbook. She also wrote Switi Sranan (2022), in which she explores the different kitchens and their history within Suriname. Noni’s interest lies at the intersection of cooking, food, and (colonial) history.
NRC about Noni:
She gives insight and a bit of history with every bite. They say ’the way to the heart is through the stomach’ but it’s also the way of knowledge.
Jonah Freud about Noni in Het Parool:
I asked Noni, because i love to work with young people who keep me sharp. My children also work in the culinary world and that’s how I get to know the best young people in the scene.
- Gijsje Grosfeld - Talent manager