Michelin-starred chef Jan-Hend


Michelin-starred chef Jan-Hendrik to open new restaurant in SA

Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen is very excited to be launching two exciting new projects with Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer that, together, will bring “him back to his roots and to the stars of the African sky”.

Michelin-starred chef Jan-Hend


South African-born Michelin star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen announced that he will be returning to SA to open a new restaurant.

Jan Hendrik is reportedly South Africa’s first Michelin star chef and will return to ‘the bush; to the campfires and open skies of his beloved South Africa’ soon. Jan-Hendrik became a household name since running his own restaurant in Nice, France.

The chef took to Instagram to announce the exciting news.

“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 art.”

Jan-Hendrik teamed up with the Oppenheimer family to open the new restaurant – a project he deemed will celebrate the “unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari”.

The new restaurant, which will be named KLEIN JAN, will become the space for Jan to create world-class cuisine using the region’s vast culinary offering, reports Eat Out.

KLEIN JAN will soon open its doors at Tswalu Kalahari, one of South Africa’s leading private game reserves; an untamed, untouched, unspoiled refuge that celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of this magical region. 

“Driven by our values of local authenticity, heritage, and sustainability of the environment, KLEIN JAN will become the region’s culinary epicentre; a place where the Kalahari’s unique ingredients will be translated into world-class cuisine. I have long dreamt of discovering this unexplored culinary territory, which in my mind, has unlimited potential.”

In addition, Jan-Hendrik will also be opening a new development kitchen in Cape Town where a team of chefs and students will continually develop and innovate South African cuisine.

The team at JAN Innovation Studio will share their findings with their colleagues at Michelin-star restaurant JAN in Nice, France, which will remain one of their premier gateways for sharing South African cuisine with the world.