Marleen & Jeroen Brouwer
The young talents Marleen (1987) and Jeroen Brouwer (1990) worked in the kitchens of national and international starred restaurants before they conquered Drenthe. Marleen worked at De Librije in Zwolle, Jeroen at ‘t Schulten Hues in Zutphen, and together they worked at Kobe Desramaults in De Wulf, Belgium.
In their beautiful thatched farmhouse De Loohoeve in Schoonloo, they have been realising their dream since 2014: to pamper guests with top-class cuisine in an accessible setting.
Both work in the kitchen, where Marleen takes care of bread and pastries, amongst other things. In addition, Marleen plays the role of hostess in the restaurant and together they manage the 12-room hotel.
The refreshing, unorthodox approach and the high standard of the kitchen do not go unnoticed. Marleen was declared Hostess of the Year 2019 by Gault&Millau and the cuisine was awarded 16/20 points that year. In Lekker, De Loohoeve nestles in the top 100, and in December 2018 the couple received their first Michelin star.
Before that, the couple had already been successful in cooking competitions. For example, in 2016 and 2017 they won the Bronze Cook’s Knife and in 2018 the prestigious Golden Hat.
De Loohoeve was proclaimed JRE restaurant of the year 2019 and finally the couple could be seen in the documentary series ‘De Nieuwe Garde‘.