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SA's first Michelin star chef

Owner and Chef at Restaurant JAN in Nice Cotê d'Azur, France, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen spoke to John Robbie about being awarded a Michelin star - the first South African to receive this honour.

From the moment you make a reservation at our restaurant, your information is captured and when you come for the second time, we'll call you by your first name and know you like sparkling water, for instance. What Michelin is about is the high-quality experience.

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Owner and Chef at Restaurant JAN in Nice Cotê d'Azur, France

Owning a restaurant in France was a bit like selling ice to an Eskimo in the beginning. We adjusted the cuisine slightly - we couldn't just serve a bobotie. The French have some ways that they like their food and we've had to move slightly towards their culture.

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Owner and Chef at Restaurant JAN in Nice Cotê d'Azur, France

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