He studied the culinary arts for over six years, earning himself three diplomas and five certificates; the highest possible qualification for a specialised chef in the Netherlands.
He spent four years Restaurant Niven in the Netherlands under the direction of Niven Kunz securing a Michelin star within the first six months after opening. He also spent time at two Michelen-starred Restaurant de Zwethheul and Michelin-starred Restaurant Savelberg in Bangkok.
Bijster said: “The Savoy is so famous, and I would have never dreamed of joining the team. It’s a landmark in London, and the history dates back so far. It has welcomed people like Monet, Ritz and Escoffier. They are legends, and I’m thrilled about this new challenge and chapter.”