Our very own South African chef who owns and operates his own restaurant in Nice, France has been awarded a Michelin Star. Now this may sound easy or casual but for one to get a Michelin Star is not an easy task, it takes years of hard work and even if you think you are already that ‘super chef’, you still have to compete against a whole lot of other hotshots in the field.
This challenge was no problem for Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen though as his restaurant in Nice, France, just got its first Michelin Star.
Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, who is the owner of Restaurant Jan in Nice, received the star as part of French Michelin guide’s 2016 awards.
The restaurant is one of 52 to receive a star for 2016. But this is not the first commendation the restaurant is getting. Restaurant Jan was voted as one of the best restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveller in 2015, which praised its “healthy modern cooking” inspired by van der Westhuizen’s grandmother. The cost of a meal for two at the restaurants is estimated to be around 80 pounds (R1,840).
Chef Jan offers his take on South African favorites, with a menu featuring mosbolletjies, biltong and other ingredients from his home country.
The Michelin stars for excellence award was pioneered by the Michelin tyre company.
The inspectors for the group are completely anonymous, and the awarded stars are sought after by chefs in the world over for the prestige they convey and their culinary greatness.
The annual awards have been described as “The Oscars for food”