First South African Michelin-star Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen always knew he would one day return to the bush, and now Jan Hendrik comes home – to the campfires and open skies of his beloved South Africa.
Born and raised on a farm, a global partnership with the Oppenheimer family was born of a shared passion and vision for all things South African.
This included the country’s food, people, and shared culture and arts. The collaboration has led to an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari.
KLEIN JAN Tswalu Kalahari
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.
The Tswalu dining experience
KLEIN JAN is 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, and where Jan Hendrik and his team will also design the Tswalu dining experience. Discovering this unexplored culinary territory with its unlimited potential has been a dream of his for years.
JAN Innovation Studio
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.
The Cape Town team will share their findings with their colleagues at Michelin star restaurant JAN in Nice, France, which will remain one of the premier gateways for sharing South African cuisine with the world.
JAN Innovation Studio will also be home to JAN the JOURNAL, a biannual publication that shares his ideas, passion and curiosity about the culinary world. This collector’s book is available in both South Africa and in Europe.
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen in partnership with Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer, has launched two exciting new projects that, together, return this proud South African to his roots and to the stars of the African sky.
Where: Tswalu Kalahari, Kuruman, Northern Cape
KLEIN JAN at Tswalu Kalahari: Jan Hendrik food
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