Johannes van Dam Prize and Joop Witteveen Prize

The Allard Pierson (UvA) established two prizes, the Johannes van Dam Prize and the Joop Witteveen Prize, in 2012. The aim of the awards is to encourage the use of the History of Food Collection, and to raise awareness of the importance of this collection amongst a wider audience. The plates, designed by Dutch artist Joost Swarte, and a cash sum are awarded annually (Johannes van Dam Prize) and biennially (Joop Witteveen Prize) at the conclusion of the first day of the Amsterdam Symposium on the History of Food at the Auditorium of the University of Amsterdam.



Johannes van Dam Prize

The Johannes van Dam Prize is an international oeuvre-prize, named after culinary journalist and writer Johannes van Dam, in recognition of the extraordinary achievements of an author in spreading the knowledge of gastronomy in his or her publications.

Composition of the jury:
  • Wil Demandt, former chef at Restaurant Bordewijk in Amsterdam;
  • Jonah Freud, gastronomic bookshop owner and culinary journalist;
  • Joke Mammen, curator Allard Pierson | Collections of the University of Amsterdam;
  • Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer, director of Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision;
  • Garrelt Verhoeven, director of Deventer Verhaal;
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Louise O. Fresco, president of Wageningen University & Research and chair of the jury.


Joop Witteveen Prize

The Joop Witteveen Prize, named after culinary historian and bibliographer Joop Witteveen, is awarded every two years in recognition of the best historical research into food culture of the Netherlands and Flanders in the preceding years. The next Joop Witteveen Prize will be awarded in November 2021.

Composition of the jury:
  • Kasia Cwiertka, professor of Modern Japan Studies of Leiden University;
  • Daniëlle De Vooght, winner of the Joop Witteveenprijs 2012, historian and coordinator at KU Leuven;
  • Sytze van der Veen, historian and chief editor of De Boekenwereld;
  • Marleen Willebrands, culinary historian and linguist;
  • Marike van Roon, chief curator Allard Pierson, UvA and chair of the jury.

Past Years

Please look here for a summary of the awards ceremony of the past years.


The Johannes van Dam prize and the Joop Witteveen prize are sponsored by Amsterdam School for Historical Studies – University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Fund, Bibliotheken Eemland, Carrera Culinair, Cormet, Fontaine Uitgeverij, Huizinga Instituut, Hotel De l’Europe, Nijgh Cuisine, Uitgeverij Terra, Stichting Gastronomische Bibliotheek and the Allard Pierson (UvA).