South African-born Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, has a lot on his plate these days.
In 2016, he became the first SA chef in history to receive a Michelin star for his restaurant in Nice, France called JAN.
The concept started and we opened the doors officially in 2013. Before that I was working on the yachts as a personal chef. It was before that that I worked for a French food magazine. I loved the industry and had this dream of opening a restaurant.— Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Michelin chef
When I opened JAN, the first thing I did, probably did not think it through, was to put my name on the front door, which puts quite a lot of tension on the whole concept. It gives it personality but...it was supposed to be a little bistro, relaxed, South African eatery. And, as we do, you know we push ourselves. The next thing we needed better glassware, better tableware. I discovered the vintage market, which was around the corner; it's all very cheap there.— Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Michelin chef
So I just shaped it eventually, in about two years, into a fine-dining restaurant. The food became a little bit more conceptual and South-African-linked. And we just received a call one Friday evening...— Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Michelin chef
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