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About Robbert

Robbert So Kiem Hwat is a Dutch photographer and filmmaker, based in Rotterdam, NL.

'I occasionally make documentary film on fascinating people, their dreams and crafts.'

When working on his documentary 'Taste of the soul' (Offician selection Dutch Film Festival 2010: a film on two cooks and a taster) Robbert began his ongoing research on capturing the emotion of taste. Food photography has since become one of his passions.


Royal Flemish Conservatory Antwerp, drama department, MA, 1993-1997

DasArts, postgraduate trajectory, 2002-2004

NFF-NBF-DDG, Trailer/pilot trajectory by Sigrid Dyekjaer, Danish Documentary, 2015-2016

La Causerie, SDEN3-level wine education, wijnbrevet, 2018

The Dutch Wine Academy, SDEN4-level wine education, 2019 - 2021

The Wine Studio Rotterdam, WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, 2022

AV credits

Director Taste of the soul, documentary on two cooks and a Michelin taster, official selection Dutch Film Festival 2010, NCRV Dokument.

Director  A Perfect Game, documentary on three young baseball talents, official selection Dutch Film Festival 2017, Opening Film SFFR 2018, BNNVARA 2Doc.

Director & sound technician Just Food, podcast in collaboration with Luc Hoornaert for Gault & Millau NL

In production: Pointless, short documentary on four mondern clowns

Book credits

Photography & bookdesign Taste is memory, Erik van Loo, 2010.

Photography & bookdesign Sauces, Erik van Loo, 2011.

Photography & bookdesign Soup, Erik van Loo, 2012

Photography & bookdesign Franse Stap,   Eric-Jan Fransen, 2012.

Photography & bookdesign Rotterdams Straatvoer, Erik van Loo, 2014.

Photography & bookdesign Na de reis, Havenziekenhuis Rotterdam, 2015.

Photography & bookdesign Cuisine & Catering, Maureen van der Wyck, 2016.

Editor & photography A taste of the Netherlands, Gault & Millau guide BeLux, 2021

Photography & bookdesign Cuisine & Catering part 2, Maureen van der Wyck, 2021.

Clients include

Aperta Film & TV

BNNVARA, Dutch public broadcaster

foodblog buik van Rotterdam

Carrera Publishers

restaurant Central Park, Voorburg

Gault & Millau, Benelux

GGD West Brabant

Hotel Modern Theatre, Rotterdam

Kaarls strafrechtadvocaten, lawfirm

Kop en staart projectmanagement

Makro (Metro Group)

Muyi Film

Nederlands Centrum Jeugdgezondheid

NCRV, Dutch public broadcaster

restaurant Nova, Bergschenhoek

restaurant Parkheuvel, Rotterdam

Selfmade films

Silk Road Film Salon


Verstegen Spices & Sauces

restaurant IDRW, Rotterdam

Wijnkoperij De Gouden Ton, wine merchants

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