South African chef does us proud, is awarded a Michelin Star

chefsfoodDon’t you just love it when a local talent makes it big abroad? Well, here’s Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen flying the flag for Mzanzi in France.

No problem for Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen though. His restaurant in Nice, France, just got its first Michelin Star.

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Jan Hendrik’s restaurant, JAN, is one of just 52 restaurants in Europe to receive Michelin Stars in this year’s Michelin Guide; but it’s not the first time the restaurant received critical acclaim.

chefsaJAN was voted as one of the best restaurants in the world in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveller, praising its “healthy, modern cooking.” Van der Westhuizen, who onec worked as an art director and food stylist in Cape Town, prepares his take on South African favourites like mosbolletjies, inspired by his grandmother’s cooking.

The Michelin Guides are a collection books published annually by the Michelin tyre company, awarding stars for excellence in the field; and include culinary greats like Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux, Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing.

The Michelin awards are considered the “Oscars of food.”