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Frits Huntjens is best known for his career as an hotelier and hospitality business executive.
However, unbeknownst to most, his true passion is the culinary arts.
At the age of twelve, Frits' parents opened their first French restaurant in the south of the Netherlands.
Like so many children growing up in a restaurant, he quickly learned the "art" of washing dishes and peeling potatoes among other "fun" chores that the chefs, including his father delegated to young Huntjens.
While apprenticing, Huntjens had the opportunity to work under Chef Couturier, a former Sous Chef to the Czar of Russia.Chef Huntjens graduated from the National Culinary Apprentice Program (the Netherlands).
As aide de cuisine at "Chateau Gors op Leeuw" in Belgium, Chef Huntjens worked under the tutelage of Paul van Vliet, who was considered at the time to be one of the most talented chefs in the country.
At "La Cigogne d'Alsace" in Antwerp (1 star, Michelin Guide) Chef Huntjens worked as Garde Manger.
At 21, Chef Huntjens took over as Executive Chef.
The restaurant quickly received an excellent reputation - four forks & spoons in the Michelin Guide, one step removed from a star.
Upon the sale of the restaurant, Huntjens decided to study at the Hotel School in Ostende, Belgium.
In 1976, Chef Huntjens had the honor to be the youngest member inducted into Chaine des Rotisseurs (U.K.), an international fraternity of gastronomy.In London, Chef Huntjens managed the Marriott Marble Arch, featuring a small intimate French restaurant "La Biblioteque".
As an hotelier, Huntjens has often been recognized for the successes in his hotels and most notably for the excellence in the food and beverage departments.
At the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort (Lexington, Kentucky), his team was awarded "the best food and beverage department in Marriott Resorts.
The Mansion Restaurant, under Chef Huntjens' leadership, received the only AAA Four Diamond award in the state of Kentucky.
Huntjens moved to Richmond, Virginia to open the Marriott as General Manager, and worked concurrently at the Richmond Convention Center.He then had the opportunity to consult on and re-open the Convention Center, as well.
Additional consulting clients have included Colonial Downs and the Sayers Group.
October 2004, Chef Huntjens opened 1 North Belmont Restaurant, an intimate restaurant serving classic French cuisine in an unpretentious, yet professional style.
The restaurant was awarded AAA Four Diamond Award for 2006 and 2007, one of 739 in the United States.
Retirement Living Richmond Virginia | Westminster Canterbury Richmond
Executive Chef Frits Huntjens is a wine connoisseur who is known for his sauteed scallops and filet of sole.
But he's equally renowned for visiting Assisted Living residents on his own time and making them Bananas Foster.
Chef Goes “PrimeTime” | Westminster Canterbury Richmond
Congratulations to Westminster Canterbury Richmond's executive chef Frits Huntjens, who was recently featured in the Richmond Times Dispatch's "PrimeTime.Frits directs the culinary team of 50 staff members, creates menus and writes recipes for our Dining & Catering department.
He also is responsible for all aspects of food service, including serving approximately 1,800 meals a day in 31 dining venues.
A James Beard Foundation Award finalist, Frits has given menus a unique flair.
He creates the right mix of entrees with emphasis on taste and attractive healthy options.
He believes in buying fresh, local ingredients whenever possible.
The Canterbury Room offers evening menu specials and themed events such as English tea luncheons, a Kentucky Derby party and destination dining events that have featured the cuisines of Hawaii, Indonesia, Spain and Sweden.
Frits finds that residents enjoy comfort food as much as gourmet choices.
Fried chicken and grilled salmon are favorite entrees and chocolate desserts are always a hit.
Originally from The Netherlands, Frits has lived in England, Belgium and Germany and speaks four languages - Dutch, French, German and English.
His last Richmond restaurant, 1 North Belmont, held a AAA Four Diamond rating for five years.
He is a past president of the Richmond Chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society that dates back to a French guild in 1248.
Want to learn more about Frits and the Westminster Canterbury dining experience?
Watch his Live Life Well video located at the right of this post.
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