Earlier this year, as a country we celebrated the success of Kobus van der Merwe, a local chef based in Paternoster on the West Coast.
Taking home the Best Restaurant in The World Award at the World Restaurant Awards for his Strandveld eatery, Wolfgat, has put South Africa firmly on the map as a prime, nature-meets-foodie destination.
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But there are even more great foodie projects coming out of South Africa.
Born and raised on a farm, our very first South African Michelin-star chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has always been on our radar. With his renowned restaurant, JAN, situated in France's beautiful Nice, the world knows his food, and his name.
Now, South Africans will get our very own taste of his delicious food. Served up in one of SA's most beautiful nature spots.
KLEIN JAN will open its doors on one of South Africa’s leading private game reserves, Tswalu Kalahari. Tswalu is a refuge – untamed, untouched, unspoiled – that celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of this magical land.
(PHOTO: Barry Peiser)
(PHOTO: Barry Peiser)
"I'm a farm boy, born and raised, so I always knew I would one day return to the bush; to the campfires and open skies of my beloved South Africa. Through a shared passion and vision for all things South African – our food, people, shared culture and arts – I have entered into a global partnership with the Oppenheimer family. Together, we have embarked on an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari," says Jan.
Driven by the values of local authenticity, heritage, and sustainability of the environment – it will become the place where the region's vast culinary offering will be translated into world-class cuisine. Discovering this unexplored culinary territory with its unlimited potential has been a dream of Jan Hendrik's for years.
In addition, JAN Innovation Studio, a new development kitchen, will be opening its doors in Cape Town, where a team of chefs and students will continually develop and innovate South African cuisine.
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The Cape Town team will share their findings with their colleagues at Michelin star restaurant JAN in Nice, which will remain one of the premier gateways for sharing South African cuisine with the world.
We will let you know the exact dates that Klein Jan launches!
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