Willem Götz

The Willet-Holthuysens’ chef was called Willem Götz (d.o.b. unknown). It was extremely rare for people to have their own chef, even well-to-do residents of Amsterdam; we can therefore conclude with certainty that they were very fond of good food.

Travel documents indicate that Willem Götz often accompanied the Willet-Holthuysens on their international trips. This could have been because he spoke a little French, making him a useful servant when travelling. It would appear that Abraham and Louisa had a good relationship their chef since, when Louisa passed away in 1895, Götz and his children inherited the unusually large sum of 14,000 guilders – equivalent to approximately €60,000. By way of comparison: the other members of the household staff were left an average of 100 guilders each.