About us


Jacob Jan Boerma leads the team of The White Room. The team that carries out his vision in Amsterdam is led by the young Chef de Cuisine Randy Karman, Maître Bram Hommes and Sommelier Isabel van Bueren. Together with them, Jacob Jan Boerma wants to reach a broad audience with a style that comes from his heart.


The name The White Room is derived from the historical name of the room ‘De Witte Zaal’, the name that was given to the restaurant when it first opened in 1885. The room is listed as a monument and is considered to be the oldest restaurant of Amsterdam in original condition. History and future are connected with one another, due to the modern styling of this unique restaurant.

NH Collection

The White Room is part of NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, the first NH Collection hotel of NH Hotel Group in the Netherlands. Gastronomy plays a prominent role in the NH Collection experience.

Amsterdam holds three NH Collection hotels, all with an extensively surprising culinary offer. Visit our websites:

NH Collection Barbizon Palace
NH Collection Doelen
NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky


Jacob Jan Boerma got under the spell of cooking and good food at an early age. When he and his wife Kim Veldman open restaurant De Leest in Vaassen in 2002, he has worked at well-known restaurants such as De Bokkedoorns in Overveen, Scholteshof in Steevoort, Het Laurierblad in Berlare, De Duinrand in Drunen en Kaatje bij de Sluis in Blokzijl.

He doesn’t tell anybody that he will open his own restaurant, so they will have time to build their restaurant, literally and figuratively speaking. Even so, on day two – the toilets have not yet been finished – a Michelin-inspector sits down at one of his tables. Barely half a year after opening the door of De Leest the restaurant receives its first star. A second follows in 2006. A third in 2013.

With The White Room in the former ‘Witte Zaal’ of the iconic NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Jacob Jan Boerma spreads his wings to Amsterdam. As signature chef he will be the creator of The White Room. Together with his team, he will translate the inspiration he finds at home, to the menu in Amsterdam.


Every wine at The White Room tells its own special story. Through these stories, Sommelier Isabel van Bueren, takes her guest on a journey intho her world. She advises about the best wine pairing or about one of the classical or innovative pearls on the wine menu.

Starting 2009, Van Bueren has specialized in the craft of sommelier and in 2015, graduated as Gastronomist Sommelier at the Academy for Gastronomy. As professional sommelier Van Bueren has been active since 2011. This driven wine expert got to share her knowledge and love for wines at among others at Restaurant Godevaart (Antwerp), Bolenius Restaurant (Amsterdam) and The Roast Room (Amsterdam).