Marente van der Valk (NL)
Marente van der Valk is a Dutch-born, London based chef, (food) designer and food stylist. She graduated in 2012 from a MA Design and Environment at Goldsmiths University of London, and has since then been focusing on projects and events with an emphasis on environmental awareness and community mindedness. Her work is often a multi-sensory experience where a love for bringing people together results in a wealth of flavours and colours and a feel-good atmosphere.
Marente’s professional career started in sustainable Product Design, but a love for food and cooking persuaded her to explore the culinary world. For the past 7 years Marente has worked in London where she has found an inspiring community who aim to connect people through food and the most brilliant ingredients available to a chef. Right now, the culinary scene in London is an international melting pot of chefs from all over the world. The food Marente creates reflects the eclectic diversity of the sheer range of people she has worked and collaborated with, from The Guardian’s food styling team to migrant women from culinary social enterprise - Mazi Mas.
Currently, Marente is six months into a year-long culinary residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie’s Food Lab in Maastricht. Founding the Food lab at academy and running it on a day-to-day basis has enabled her to investigate new approaches and angles to her cooking processes and the interactive properties of food and the act of eating. By focusing on the wealth of the edible plant world - using organic, seasonal produce straight from local farmers - and the use of the whole vegetable where possible, as well as considering meat to be a treat, she strives to have a minimal impact on the environment.