The book “Flavors of Life” is a collection of inspirational biographies, sharing the stories of 62 entrepreneurs from around the world. Ranging from a famous Swiss drummer to an American ballet dancer to those who grew up during the apartheid in South Africa or in a small village in the mountains of Nepal, they are connected by a common thread: all own a restaurant in Amsterdam. To them their lives are normal – just everyday events and choices – but their experiences are unexpected and fascinating. Read more about what in particular inspired this book.

  • Discover how these diverse individuals landed in the same city, in the same industry, with a shared passion – a love for food

  • Gain an appreciation for the variety of restaurants in Amsterdam, the city of canals

  • Learn how food and the customs surrounding it crosses cultures and unite us

  • Follow their personal journeys and be inspired



Toufik Belaid

Restaurant Algiers
Country of origin: Algeria | Read more…


Mostafa Amria

Country of origin: Egypt | Read more…


Abeba Nebrathu and Alem Tesfamicael

Country of origin: Eritrea | Read more…


Nizar Yassine

Country of origin: Morocco | Read more…


Kamal Abdulrahman Al-Junubi

Obalade Suya
Country of origin: Nigeria | Read more…


Michael Ricketts

Tjing Tjing
Country of origin: South Africa | Read more…


Graham Sydney

Uit de Keuken
Country of origin: South Africa | Read more…