who are we
Because there are 3 Arjans at Tony’s, we call this one Bookie but we’re not really allowed to tell you why. But it’s not what you think! Something cool to know about Bookie – he can sing the entire repertoire of André Hazes by heart. Uh oh, do you hear it too? ”I haaaaaave here a letter…”
If you find yourself next to our coffee machine on a Monday morning, you’ll find that Arie always has the best stories from his weekend. Maybe they’ll be about a trip through Amsterdam by boot; maybe they’ll be about karaoke singing in the local pub or the “rijsttafel” dinner he got himself invited to. Double espresso with a bit of milk, please!!
Creative Karate Guy
Arjen is our resident DJ. He plays just about everything, from ska to pan flute music. When we don’t really dig his selection, we do let him know, but very, very carefully. Arjan has a black belt in karate and can (so he claims) break a pile of wooden planks in half with one hand. At the office, he keeps himself pretty happy.
Office & People Champion
Did you know that Carline once worked on a filmset as a lighting technician? And though she may not look it, she comes from the Far East. Far East of the Netherlands that is – from Hengeloo! She now lives in Leiden with her fiancé and cat, Micks, and soon they will get married (Carline and her fiancé, not the cat, even though she’s madly in love with him, too!). Meow!!
Eva dreams of having a living room restaurant one day, the old-fashioned kind, with vintage dinnerware and pretty flowers on the table. It might be a bit too early to request a reservation though. These days, she’s keeps herself pretty busy with organising scavenger hunts for her kids, for example.
Eva is the baby in the family but she certainly doesn’t act like it! She got her degree in Food Science & Technology and now she’s an accomplished connoisseur and knows everything about flavour charts, natural ingredients and nutrition. And to top it off, she dressed as Katy Perry for New Year’s Eve!
The summer is when Freek comes alive! That’s when he travels throughout the entire country in search of the hippest music festivals. From Lowlands to the Black Cross, the festival is Freek’s home away from home. But even when they’ve packed up and left town, his search for adventures don’t stop there – he and his wife enjoy traveling around the world!!
Chief Chocolate Officer
Henk Jan was once a calendar model but he quit all that when he got the chance to become Tony’s Chief Chocolate Officer. He’s forged ahead with plans to create a world of 100% slave-free chocolate and has drafted all of Tony’s family members to help.
Choco on the go
Since January 2013 Ivan has been fidgeting in his chair, two-stepping to lunch and answering the telephone with, “Alaaf” (??). Ivan is a genuine Brabander – he flips for carnival! But don’t worry – he’s in just as merry a mood when he’s got his costume on as when he’s got his everyday shirt on.
Supply chain master
Johan can tell you where in Zeist (near to the German border in the eastern part of the Netherlands) to find the very best Dutch pancakes (pannekoeken). He, along with his two daughters, has tested almost every pancake house in Zeist. When you see him at the Tony’s office, there’s a very good chance you will notice him bouncing a rubber ball behind his desk. Yes, really!
If Karlijn hadn’t come to Tony’s, she would definitely have become a professional footballer. She still kicks everybody’s ass/bum/rear end at foosball / table football. What Karlijn likes to do most is go from one end of Amsterdam to another with her beach cruiser and a bar of milk chocolate and hazelnuts in her hand of course!
Did you know that Marieke once took a course in interior styling. Her house looks picture perfect / designer-magazine perfect. A little designer chair here, a little bouquet of wild flowers a well-chosen coffee table book there. If you ever want to make Marieke happy with a bouquet of flowers, you’ll need to keep one thing in mind – she loves all flowers, just not yellow ones.
Marijn is a woman of the world. Literally. She’s lived in London, has run a half marathon in London, Paris and Lisbon and is training for another in Berlin. In her free time, she studies Hebrew. If there’s any time left-over, she travels around the world. By her own admission, she’s the worst foosball / table football player on the planet.
You never have to ask what Maudi is doing this weekend. She typically has 1 to 2 birthdays to attend each week! On the rare occasions when there are no birthdays, Maudi can be found playing sports or visiting festivals in any corner of the Netherlands, and beyond! And, did you know she is fluent in Spanish. Me gusta mucho el chocolate. Senorita, si!
You never need to ask Maudi what she’s going to do on the weekend. On average, she goes to 1 – 2 birthday parties per week! When there’s no birthday to celebrate, she does sports or goes to festivals. And she speaks fluent Spanish. Me gusta mucho el chocolate. ¡Si! Señorita!
With Nicole around, it’s never boring! She’s got a motorcycle license, can sabre a champagne bottle, has taken a wall-climbing course and lives in probably the coolest house of all the Tony’s family – in a house boat! She even designed the interior herself!!
Next to being an expert bean counter, Paul is also a fully certified first-aid responder. Everyone can feel safe with Paul nearby, for example on a camping site, where he loves to hang out on the weekends. Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camping he goes!
When you’ve got a craving for something really yummy, Sanne’s your go-to girl. She’s famous for her amazing cakes. And when she’s not standing in the kitchen, she goes running or traveling to some far-away place, such as to Zanzibar. When she’s not hard at work, she’s training for a race. Hup, two, three, four!
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Are you convinced the next chocolate bar should be cotton candy flavoured? Do you have a funny story about a crazy neighbour who wrapped her bicycle with Tony’s tin foil? Or maybe you’re just interested in asking us a few questions completely unrelated to chocolate. That’s cool, bring it on! Drop us an email, give us a call or peek through our factory windows until someone notices you standing there. Whatever your thing is, you can find us here:
Polonceaukade 20 (Westerpark)
1016 DA Amsterdam
chocofoon: 0031 20 63 53 151