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Everything you need to know about Jan Hendrik’s first SA restaurant

Apr 25, 2019, Author: Candice May

Hello Joburgers, if you’re a true foodie then you’re familiar with Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, South Africa’s first chef to be awarded a Michelin star who currently has a restaurant in Nice, France called JAN. The South Africa born-and-raised chef has just revealed that he’ll be returning to the bush, the campfires and the open skies of his beloved SA to open a restaurant in his home country by 2020. Jan is coming home!


So what led to this incredible project? A global partnership with the Oppenheimer family, which was born out of a shared passion and vision for all things South African – from our local people and food, to arts and culture – has resulted in the opening of Klein Jan, which will celebrate the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari.

The restaurant will open its doors on one of SA’s top private game reserves, Tswalu Kalahari. There’s only one way to describe Tswalu, and that’s a refuge. Untamed, untouched and unspoiled, it celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of the magical land.


Klein Jan will be a place where the region’s vast culinary offering will be translated into world-class cuisine. Driven by values of local authenticity, heritage and sustainability of the environment, Jan Hendrik and his team will design the Tswalu dining experience and discover this unexplored culinary territory with its unlimited potential. This has been a dream of Jan Hendrik’s for years!

That’s not all on the Jan Hendrik news front – a new development kitchen, JAN Innovation Studio, will also be opening its doors in Cape Town. Here, a team of chefs and students will continually develop and innovate local cuisine. The Cape Town team will share their findings with their colleagues at Michelin star JAN, which will remain one of the premier gateways for sharing SA cuisine with the world.


What’s more, JAN Innovation Studio will be home to JAN the JOURNAL, a biannual publication that shares Jan Hendrik’s ideas, passion and curiosity about the culinary world. You can get yourself a copy of this collector’s book in both SA and Europe.

Jan Hendrik is most excited about his two exciting news projects that he’s launched in partnership with Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer. Together, these projects return this proud South African chef to his roots and to the stars of the African sky.


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    This has to be the biggest damp squib news ever!! You forgot to mention that to dine at KleinJan a couple will have to R12000.00 on airfares and about R45000.00 a night for your stay


    May 2, 2019 Reply
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      Hmm, well ... each to their own! Some people, particularly tourists, would be more than happy to pay those prices for a bucket-list foodie experience. It isn't necessary to talk down upon somebody's exciting new venture just because it doesn't suit your tastes.

      Candice May

      May 6, 2019 Reply