Peter Klosse


Peter Klosse has over thirty years of experience in gastronomy. He owns a five star Hotel and Restaurant De Echoput, near Apeldoorn in The Netherlands. The kitchen is renowned for the preparation of the products from the forest: game, berries and mushrooms.


Peter Klosse is also an academic. From the late eighties he studies wine and food pairing. He developed a new flavor theory, which evolved in a PhD on flavor classification. Essentially, flavor can be assessed objectively; it is a product quality. Tasting is what people do and is therefore by definition subjective. This distinction enables more fundamental research in deliciousness and liking. You can read about this in The Essence of Gastronomy, understanding the flavor of foods and beverages (2013, CRC press, Taylor & Francis).


As a professor he teaches the science of flavor and tasting at the Hotel Management School Maastricht. Klosse also has his own Academy for Gastronomy and trains sommeliers and masterchefs. Currently, he is in the process of founding T.A.S.T.E., the academy for scientific taste evaluation. Its mission is to promote the consumption of real, natural, sustainable foods by: carrying out research, developing knowledge and products, educating, informing independently, combining strengths and working in partnership. Its vision is that 'liking' is the driving force of food behavior and consequently, we must know much more about liking to change food choices that are unwanted in whatever way.


René de la Fonteijne


René de la Fonteijne (1953, the Netherlands) has a degree in Public Law (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands). He is married and has two children.


He has over thirty years of working experience in several fields in higher education management, working at the University of Amsterdam and Maastricht University, as well as fulfilling interim tasks at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (Germany), and the Ministry of Education in the Netherlands.


Currently he holds a part-time position as senior advisor to the Academic Affairs department of the Maastricht University Office at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His activities are mostly at the interface between (international) trends and internal strategic concepts.


René combines his university post with entrepreneurial activities as the managing director of Exhem BV (Experiences in Higher Education Management). The company was founded in 2002 by René de la Fonteijne and Maastricht University. Since 2008 he is the only shareholder.


Exhem specializes in international tailor-made study tours in education, research and health care. In addition to this, Exhem organizes international conferences in emerging academic disciplines.


Harpert van Seggelen


I was born and raised in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As part of a big family I enjoyed a very pleasant youth which groomed me for my studies in hotel management.

In 1979 I graduated from the Hotel Management School Maastricht. My, then girlfriend, and I dreamt of gaining experience abroad for a while and we decided to find work in Southern Africa. Africa became our home for 23 fantastic years in both Swaziland and South Africa where I worked primarily for Sun International Resorts & Casinos. I worked in various properties in various positions from asst. F&B manager, Purchasing manager, Rooms Division manager to General manager.


My previous wife and I have two sons who opted for a different career path then their father did. In 2005 we bid farewell to Swaziland and returned to the Netherlands for my sons to continue their studies at Dutch universities.


“Hospitality in Care” got a real meaning for me when I worked as Hotel manager for a Care hotel in the center of the country, but in 2007 I was given the opportunity to join my old university, the Hotel Management School Maastricht, again. Since 2010 I am, as a part of the university of Applied Science, responsible for the Teaching Hotel Château Bethlehem and all catering outlets. The combination of managing a hotel and working with students has turned out to be one of my most inspiring career experiences. Although I am further maturing every year, the students remain always of the same age. Fantastic!


If I have to describe myself with a few bullet points, I would say I am adventurous, have a good sense of humor, am passionate in what I do, optimistic, a seasoned hotelier, upright, trustworthy, open for change, enjoying a challenge, confrontational, direct and sometimes chaotic.


Meet the secretarial team


Please let us introduce you to these enthusiastic young professionals of our secretarial services. Marit van den Berg, Karlijn Soentjens and Sanne Hermans are students at the Hotel Management School Maastricht. As a part of their curriculum they can choose a so-called Community Involvement Project of their preference. Since all three of them are highly interested in gastronomy, they immediately applied to participate in this event. They have done a great job organizing and collecting information ‘behind the scenes‘. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at or via the contact form. They will be delighted to help you!

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