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Peter-Paul Swijnenburg

Peter-Paul Swijnenburg

Peter-Paul Swijnenburg attends the Hotel Management School in Leeuwarden after graduating high school. He works as a caterer on the side, catering large events. The catering business appeals to him, so he gets a job at Grand Catering in Nieuwegein after the completion of his studies. Here, Peter-Paul gets to learn how to organize and manage food events. Five years later, he becomes location manager for the Beatrixtheater in Utrecht under Grand Catering. As a manager, he learns that if you need to implement a successful business strategy, you need to see it from a helicopter's perspective. In the next phase of his career, Peter-Paul wants to start his own business. In 2006, he starts event venue Buitenplaats Amerongen together with his wife Erika. In 2016, the couple open event location Buitenplaats Sparrendaal in Driebergen. Restaurant Bentinck was added to their portfolio in 2017, following a successful expansion.

I think it is important that as an entrepreneur and host I not only pay attention to the quality - which must always be top-notch in terms of ambiance, service and culinary product - but also to the price. We see many guests return regularly, which is an opportunity for us to make a difference in the experience of our guests.

Peter-Paul Swijnenburg



Amerongen, Netherlands
JRE Jeunes Restaurateurs

A former stable of the historic estate surrounding Amerongen Castle now houses restaurant Bentinck. The restaurant’s interior is the best-preserved historical stable interior in the Netherlands. The tapestry, painted by artist Claudy Jongstra, and the wine cellar, formerly the tack room, are absolute eye-catchers. In the kitchen, the chefs create contemporary Dutch cuisine. A traditional castle vegetable garden, Eastern spices, and regional foods from the Utrechtse Heuvelrug inspire the dishes. Restaurant Bentinck is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, a cup of coffee, or any other memorable moment at a unique location.

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