Behind the soul and spirit of a place, there is always the influence of a personality. A Relais & Châteaux often turns out to be the passion of a lifetime; a love story always, a family storysometimes. A story of passionate women and men, capable of fulfilling their creative visionand their desire for excellence. With an equally wonderful story of a family that goes backseven generations, Hennessy Cognac joins us in the award of the Passion Trophy to thosesometimes unsung but always admirable heroes.
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. An hour and a half from Amsterdam, twenty minutes by boat from Den Helder — between the land and the sea — lies Texel, an island in the Frisian archipelago. It is where chef Jef Schuur, hand in hand with his wife Nadine Mögling, has chosen to open a Michelinstarred restaurant and several beautiful modern suites in what was once a presbytery. With the changing tides, he cooks local products such as Wadden Sea cockles with Texel lamb bacon, parsley root cream and a jus of puffed celery. Nadine, a sommelier, is an expert in European wines and uses her extensive knowledge of organic and natural wines to create subtle and unique pairings to compliment the cuisine's harmonious contrasts of tastes and textures. ... Learn moreless