How EVOO changed my life: Yves Meijer
Yves lives in Esch, the second largest town in Luxembourg with his wife and twelve year old son. He has been working in the recruitment industry for the last 20 years following his studies in industrial and social psychology.
Yves’s parents already used EVOO when he was growing up but not to the extent he uses it today. His first encounters with premium oils began with his numerous trips to Tuscany whilst he was at university in Strasbourg. “I can still remember the first really expensive bottle I bought, which I considered as liquid gold in many ways and which came from Castello di Ama”.
Like many of us, Yves has a career where entertaining is a key feature. “I have to be at restaurants quite often and hence had increasing weight issues over the years. I recently totally changed my nutritional plan, getting away from carbs and giving preference to Mediterranean cuisine with olive oil having the main part. As a result, I lost considerable amounts of kgs in no time without doing any diet and feel better than ever”. Yves admits, “Extra Virgin Olive Oil changed my life!”
According to Yves, the food scene in Luxembourg focuses on a diverse range of international influences thanks to its small dimensions and proximity to other culinary cultures. National cuisine is rather neglected but there are a high proportion of Michelin starred restaurants and this is testament to the importance people place on great food. It is a tiny nation of foodies.
When asked about the most important features in an EVOO, Yves confirms, “honestly it is all about the taste. I can hardly think of a taste that is less tiring than great evoo and all the beneficial features for our health are a wonderful gift on top. Such a combination does not exist that often, does it?”
Picture from Yves’ kitchen. He loves to play around with fresh, seasonal ingredients and gives evoo a central role when preparing fish, meat, vegetables, cheese or even fruits.