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DEVELOPMENT WORK

 

After my pensioning I started with development work in the field of hotels and restaurants for tourism on behalf of N.M.C.P., Netherlands Manager Cooperation Program. The Dutch name for N.M.C.P. is P.U.M. (Project Uitzending Managers).

 

 

The NMCP Netherlands Cooperation program is an independent organization that assigns senior advisers, many of whom are retired or have taken early retirement. These advisers share their knowledge and experience without receiving any financial reward.

 

I am born in May 1932 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After primary school and an education for cook I started working in 1950. After several restaurants, I became a Chef in 1962.

In 1990, I retired and started my participation with the PUM.

 

On March 15, 2003 Tom Scheepers has suddenly passed away. He just returned from Archanglsk (Rusland) and the next trip (Moermansk) was already planned.

 

Across the whole world, I visited third world countries such as:

*  Sri Lanka (Colombo)

*  Kyrghyzie (Bishkek)

*  Mongolia (Ulan Bator)

*  The Philippines (Manila)

 

 

*  Lithuania (Vilnius + Kaunas)

*  Latvia (Riga)

*  Russia (Chelyabinsk) in the Oeral Mountains

 

 

 

What I try to achieve is to transfer our knowledge and experience and thus increasing their level of knowledge in the field hotel and restaurant management. This is important if they want to increase tourism from the Western countries. This is possible by knowledge for the kitchen (food preparation, kitchen management and hygiene), or general management for hotels and restaurants.

Everywhere I was the people were very enthusiastic willing to learn and they wanted to know how we are doing things in the Western world.

 

An example of what I experienced is the following:

In Kyrghystan, a special diner was organized for me what means that a sheep was slaughtered and specially for me served. As VIP you will get the best part of the sheep but also the complete head of which you first cut an ear and subsequently offer it to the youngest person at the table. Than you cut out the palate and offer it to the highest (or most nice) female host at the table. Finally you cut out an eye and cut this through the middle after which you offer it to the highest in rank or host at the table after which you eat both half of the eye while drinking large amounts of vodka (you need to vodka to flush the food). After this ceremonial, several people will rise to speech and raise the glass (with vodka). The best thing to do is to rise as well and hold your speech otherwise you will be drunk very quickly from all the vodka. Lucky enough in these cases the interpreter will help you not only with the language but also with the etiquettes. The biggest problem I had was of course with the eating of the eye. Nevertheless it is very interesting to experience the different cultures with their specific habits.

 

Because Mongolia is on the border of China and in previous times (1206 AD till 1368 AD) it was controlled by Khans (Djengisz Khan!) you will see a lot of Chinese influences on temples and such. In the winters the temperatures are normally minus 30 degrees Centigrade (= minus 22 Fahrenheit), this winter even till minus 50 degrees Centigrade ( = minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit) and in the summer it will get very hot. This is typical for a continental climate (cold winters and hot summers). A lot of nomads are traveling through the country side. They live in “Gers” which are made of a wooden frame covered with felt; the word tent is not allowed for these contractions. A “Ger” can be erected or dismounted in about one hour. The “Gers” originate in the 13th century. Entrance to “Ger” is through a wooden door which you suppose to open using your left hand; this will bring luck. During the entering you are not suppose to step on the threshold. This would mean that you would step on the neck of the owner. The locals drink a lot of tea and again vodka. They also have something called Airak which is fermented milk with some alcohol.

 

Besides the above mentioned activities, I go twice a year to Manila to give a course as ships cook for the Dutch shipping industry. On the Dutch ships a lot of Philippine cooks are employed. Legislation requires that for Dutch flagged ships only certified ship cooks are allowed; certification is done by Dutch Shipping Inspection (Nederlandse scheepvaart inspectie) N.S.I.

 

Riga is an old city with beautiful old buildings such as the opera building and many beautiful churches. It is since long a harbour in which all kind of goods are traded and thus many different can be bought. Lithuania has applied for the European Community membership and is hoping to be admitted in the year.

In the hotels and restaurants they use modern cooking and serving methods; the presentation of the food on the plates is a copy of what we are used in Western Europe.

 

Chelyabinsk is situated in the Oeral Mountains. Compared to Moscow is the availability of products such as food for the preparation of dishes, in Chelyabinsk less. Chelyabinsk is famous for its nuclear research facilities during the cold war and the years after that.  During that period, nuclear safety was not a high priority and several large accidents have occurred resulting in radioactive contamination of the area. The radiation level in Chelybinsk is still higher than compared to other areas. I did not notice it (I hope).

The hotels and restaurants are not yet at a level that they can prepare the food according to the modern insights we have today in the Western world.

 

Some photo’s of the cities I visited:

 

Bishkek in Kyrghystan

A lot of modern buildings in the well known ugly “Russian style”.

It is not cozy by this style but it is definitely different compared what we are used to in the West.

More information on Bishkek can be found at: Kyrghystan

Bishkek in Kyrghystan

The big parade square with sufficient guards. But what are they actually guarding?

More information on Bishkek can be found at: Kyrghystan

 

Bishkek in Kyrghystan

An official dinner in Kyrghystan.

Mongolia

Temples in Mongolia

More information about Mongolia can be found at: Mongolia

Mongolia

Imitating the local residents; lucky enough the horse stayed still because I did not know where the hand or foot brake was.

More information about Mongolia can be found at: Mongolia

Vilnius in Lithuania

St. Nicolaas party (typical Dutch celebration in the beginning of December) organized by the Dutch embassy. Lucky enough there was a Dutch cook available so that the typical Dutch specialties such as bitterballen could be presented.

More information about Vilnius can be found at: Vilnius

Manila at the Philippines

The Philippine students which are now certified ships cook for Dutch flagged ships and are now able to prepare those typical Dutch dishes such as “Amandelbroodje”, “bitterballen” and “rijsttafel” so that “our guys” onboard can eat the normal things they are used to eat at home and do not get homesick.

Article Philippines (Acrobat PDF file)

An article from a Philippine shipping magazine which mentions the certification of the Philippine ship cooks according Dutch requirements.

Article Kyrghystan 1 (Acrobat PDF file)

An article from a Dutch newspaper on the aid to Kyrghystan.

Article Kyrghystan 2 (Acrobat PDF file)

An article from a Kyrgyz magazine on the work of the NCMP (PUM).