Abraham Kef has been a household name in Amsterdam for over 65 years. Our main store at the Marnixstraat, the mothership, opened its doors in 1953. Marike van der Werff about its history:
‘This has always been a dairy. The Lijnbaansgracht, across the street, used to be one of the city’s main supply channels for vegetables and dairy. Fresh produce was stored in the basements under these housing blocks. Abraham Kef had been in the local dairy business before picking up a whole new trade in 1953: French cheese. He had been in France, where he helped his brother manufacturing and selling French cheese. He fell in love with French cheese culture and decided it was about time to introduce it to the Netherlands. It was the post-war period; people didn’t really travel abroad. And they certainly did not eat anything moldy. The black and white photos in our archive show Abraham wearing a French baret, apron and a glass of red wine in his hand. Artists, politicians, the Amsterdam jet set ate Kef’s cheese. Ever since these early days, Abraham Kef has been famous in Amsterdam
‘For me, it all started in 2004, with my own catering business. I was looking for a small kitchen to prepare my home-made produce. By pure coincidence, I ended at the back of a store I had never heard of before (not being from Amsterdam originally). That is how I moved into Abraham Kef. First in the very small kitchen upstairs. One morning, the then owner of the shop asked me if I was interested in minding the shop while he was away on a short holiday. The rest is history….
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