Born in Horn, Netherlands in 1962, Lucas Rive was interested in everything that had to do with food and wines since he was eight years old. After graduating from St. Huburtus Cooking School in Amsterdam, he apprenticed at the De Kersentuin, Scholteshof and Halvemann Restaurants.. He then began working up the kitchen ladder at De Oude Rosmolen, and La Rive at the Amstel Hotel, all Michelin-starred restaurants in the Netherlands and Belgium.
In 1985, he accepted a position as chef of the world famous De Bokkedorns Restaurant in Haarlem, Holland, and by 1990, he was the head chef. Within one year, he was decorated with a second Michelin star. In May of 2001, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Rive at De Bokkedorns for their Great Chefs of the World television series, episodes 242 and 254.
After 27 years, in 2012, he retired from the restaurant and made plans to start his own restaurant, the Restaurant Lucas Rive in Hoorn. Within five months, he received his first Michelin Star in 2014.