who are we
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!!
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.
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.
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 Tony’s gave an award for most-well-cared-for hands, then Marijntje would definitely be in the final running. Even though most weekends she’s busy filling her freezer full of healthy meals for her two little ones! What a supermom.
Pascal is a night person, according to her. Maybe she dances in front of the mirror at home then, a huge trend in the Ivory Coast. Or maybe she’s busy looking for an exciting vacation destination. Because she loves finding chocolate on her pillow. According to her.
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!
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!
The American Dream
Our man in America might look like a stiff Dutch guy at first glance, but as soon as the music starts, his hips begin to sway and he fills the dance (or office) floor with the finest Latin moves. Mambo Americano!
Hostess with the Mostess
Make no mistake, Carlyn can amuse herself perfectly well enjoying a cup of tea on the sofa, but then it’s a sofa she made herself. Installing a pond, driving a forklift… easy as pie, but if she had her druthers, she’d be out on the dance floor every night. ¡Arriba!
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.
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!
Bean to Bartender
With three daughters, Frans is Tony’s ladies’ man. Cheering at the pool, haggling over green bean prices, and he can braid hair like nobody’s business. But every once in while he goes off with his friends to watch a Belgian cycling tournament — after all it’s all about balance.
From Hoofddorp to South America, Kirsten travels around. On foot, too, jogging crisscross through Westerpark in Amsterdam — for fun! You better do something if you work in a chocolate factory!
You wouldn’t say it to look at him, but Frits hails from the suburbs, Nieuwegein to be precise. That probably helped in his general development: Frits is the guy you want on your team the next time you’re competing in a pub quiz. And if it’s a night of karaoke, put on David Bowie. Rebel Rebel!
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!!
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.
Yvonne always has plenty to do on her list. Learning to make curry or making a documentary: she grabs life by the horns. Ask her to put on some jazz for you and it’ll be midnight before you know it! Dig it!
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.
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!!
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!
The Supply Chain Machine
“Always look on the bright side of life” is Lean’s attitude. And that includes the little things: playing Risk until the sun comes up, drinking beers in a bar (perhaps while passing around a package of mini ginger snaps)… Yup, our pal Lean knows how to have fun.
Henriëtte has to try everything once. She just likes trying new things, she would say. But those include things like wreck diving and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! Also on her bucket list: camping at the North Pole.
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.
share your story
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
choco phone: +31 20 63 53 151