Who am I?
I am Émely and I am born in the Netherlands where I grew up with my feet in the sink. Literally as a toddler sitting on my mom’s countertop “helping” with the cooking, although I preferred the smelling & tasting part of the job.
I grew up in a family of great female cooks all the way back to my great-great-grandmother who delivered her exquisite cuisine to the German emperor in the 19th century.
Cooking at a very high level was such a normality in our family, that for a long time I didn’t consider my talent as very special and therefor channeled my energy in getting a university degree and a corporate career. In my spare time though I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. My own kitchen, my mom’s kitchen, but also working with my uncle to help him start his business (café, restaurant and cinema) and with 2-Michelin star chef Emmanuel Mertens catering some amazing exclusive events in the Netherlands and Belgium.
When my husband and I moved to Switzerland, I had the opportunity to reconsider my corporate career, find my true passion and turn what I like most into my job. With the help and support of my husband and my mother I then founded Émely’s Fine Food.
What’s my passion?
As of a very young age I can be considered as a gourmet, liking and eating everything, especially fish, seafood and all kinds of vegetables.
Of course, our whole family live revolves around cooking, dining and spending our quality time at the dining table; at home and during our holidays. In the meantime, my passion for cooking broadened into a passion for (healthy) foods, challenging flavor combinations and urban gardening. I even turned my roof-top terrace into a vegetable garden.
I pay a lot of attention to the way food is produced, prefer making everything myself and like to buy my ingredients as close to home as possible.