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Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star

Jan Hendrik van der WesthuizenJan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star

JAN, a restaurant in the south of France owned and run by South African-born chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has been awarded a Michelin Star, as Jan Hendrik becomes the first South African to receive this honour. On the announcement, the chef was quoted on his Instagram feed as saying ‘This is where I say. Dreams do come true.’ The restaurant was also voted as one of the best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in 2015.

In March 2016 Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa will be publishing Jan Hendrik’s new cookbook – JAN – A Breath of French Air. It will also be available in Afrikaans as JAN – My Franse Kosverhaal. The book is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN.

Each chapter captures the mood and inspiration of what is served at JAN, and the collection of over 90 recipes covers everything from locally baked breads, amuse bouche and mouthwatering main course meat and fish dishes to what the chefs eat after a long night’s service in a hot kitchen.

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen was raised on a rural farm in the north of the country. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts he furthered his studies with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Design and Photography. He worked for ELLE magazine in South Africa and Paris before relocating to Nice to open his own restaurant called JAN. Since its humble beginnings in 2013, JAN has garnered a reputation as one of the top restaurants in the south of France. JAN – A Breath of French Air will be Jan Hendrik’s second book, which continues the journey first started in The French Affair, also published by Struik Lifestyle.


www.janhendrik.com | https://twitter.com/janhendrikvdwes | https://www.facebook.com/janhendrikfood/ | https://www.instagram.com/janhendrik2016/

Jan Hendrik will be in South Africa in March to promote his new book, if you’d be interested in interviewing him while he is here, please contact Jean on the details below.

For more information, contact Jean Fryer: JFryer@penguinrandomhouse.co.za / 011 327 3550. For more information, visit www.randomstruik.co.za

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Re: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen becomes the first South African to be awarded a Michelin Star - by Alta Marx
March 18 2016 20:36:59

Ek kan nie trotser wees op enige een in die wereld nie! Wanneer en waar is die vrystelling van jou kookboek? Ek is woonagtig in Pretoria. Alta Marx

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