Herman van Ham

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Herman van Ham
Born (1931-04-16)16 April 1931[1]
Nijehaske, The Netherlands
Died 2 August 2012(2012-08-02) (aged 81)
Wellerlooi, The Netherlands[2]
Cause of death
illness
Residence Wellerlooi
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Chef
Employer Hostellerie De Hamert
Known for Michelin star
Successor Bertus Liefting[3]
Partner(s) Riek Schoester
Children 1 son, 3 daughters

Herman van Ham (16 April 1931 - 2 August 2012) was a Dutch head chef. He worked in the Michelin starred Hostellerie De Hamert, in Wellerlooi, the Netherlands, when it earned his stars in the period 1963-1989.

In 1952, Van Ham started working at De Hamert as an assistant. Soon after that he took over as head chef and stayed till his retirement in 1988.[4]

Herman van Ham specialized in asparagus to such an extent that he had several nicknames related to this. He was named as De Ongekroonde Koning van de Asperge (Eng.:The uncrowned king of Asparagus),[5] Asperge Paus (Eng.:Asparagus Pope)[6] and Mister Asperge (Eng.: Mister Aspargus).[7] One of his famous asparagus dishes was the "Cocktail Prins Alexander", a combination of chicken, asparagus and oranges, created in 1967 in celebration of the birth of Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange.[8][9]

After his retirement, Van Ham started collecting asparagus dishes. His collection went on display in Keramiekcentrum Tiendschuur Tegelen in 2012 under the name "Het keramische bedje voor de asperge." (Eng.: The ceramic bed for the asparagus.)[10] Earlier, in 2008, his collection was on display in Aspergemuseum De Locht[11]

Herman van Ham died on 2 August 2012, after an illness.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Michelin star 1963-1988[13]
  • Prix d'Escoffier de l'Alliance Gastronomique Néerlandaise/Alliance-Escoffier Prijs: 1988[14]
  • Chevalier de Confrérie de l'asperge de Limbourgondie[15]
  • Eremedaille in goud Oranje Nassau[16]
  • Chevalier de Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.[17]

Books[edit]

  • Het aspergesboek : heerlijke gerechten met de koningin der groenten; Wiel Basten and Herman van Ham, M & P, 1989[18]
  • Het aspergeboek; Herman van Ham and Wiel Basten, Van Dishoeck, 2005[19]
  • Het aspergekookboek; Herman van Ham and Wiel Basten, Van Reemst, 1998[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) Rouwkaart
  2. ^ (Dutch) "Herman van Ham overleden". Dagblad de Limburger. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ (Dutch) Huygens, Stan (6 May 1989). "Een heerlijke spijs voor lekkerbekken". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ (Dutch) Leonards, Rik (6 August 2012). "Herman van Ham overleden". Misset Horeca. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ (Dutch) "Hollandse asperges produkt koude grond". Limburgsch Dagblad. 17 April 1991. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ (Dutch) Klompenhouwer, Huub (12 May 1990). "Asperges sporen absoluut niet met onze zuinige volksaard". Leeuwarder Courant. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ (Dutch) "'Aspergepionier' Herman van Ham overleden". Horeca Entree. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ (Dutch) Leonards, Rik (6 August 2012). "Herman van Ham overleden". Misset Horeca. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ (Dutch) "Herman van Ham overleden". Dagblad de Limburger. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  10. ^ (Dutch) Het keramische bedje voor de asperge.
  11. ^ (Dutch) Aspergeschalen
  12. ^ (Dutch) "Limburgse aspergekok Van Ham overleden". Dagblad De Limburger. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  13. ^ (Dutch) "Kasteel Wittem en De Hamert leveren Michelin-ster in". Limburgsch Dagblad. 23 February 1990. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  14. ^ (Dutch) "Chef-kok van 'de Hamert' onderscheiden". Limburgsch Dagblad. 12 November 1986. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  15. ^ (Dutch) Herman van (de) Ham(ert) Interview with Herman van Ham. Better source requested.
  16. ^ (Dutch) Rouwkaart
  17. ^ (Dutch) Huygens, Stan (29 December 1992). "Smullen op Curaçao". De Telegraaf. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  18. ^ Worldcat - Het aspergesboek : heerlijke gerechten met de koningin der groenten
  19. ^ Worldcat - Het Aspergeboek
  20. ^ Worldcat - Het aspergekookboek