Born and raised on a farm, first South African Michelin-star Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen always knew he would one day return to the bush; to the campfires and the open skies of his beloved South Africa.
A global partnership with the Oppenheimer family, which was born of a shared passion and vision for all things South African – including the country’s food, people, and shared culture and arts – has led to an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast 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.
Driven by the values of local authenticity, heritage, and sustainability of the environment – 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 Jan Hendrik’s for years.
Director of the Via TV show JAN Carien Loubser says that it was a remarkable experience to work with Jan-Hendrik. “He has done something so extraordinary, this is the type of story that inspires all of us. I was very interested in how a country boy that grew up on a diary farm in Mpumalanga became the first South African who won a Michelin star for his restaurant in Nice, France. And all of this quietly, on his own, without any fanfare.