Michelin-star JAN restaurant gets a younger brother, KLEIN JAN to open at Tswalu Kalahari; to open JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town!

Fresh from the Easter weekend break, Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen made a dramatic announcement yesterday, introducing a new KLEIN JAN restaurant, to be established at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as a JAN Innovation Studio, set to open in Cape Town. 

I am quoting from the JAN Blog, to present as accurately as possible the exciting double news: 


I’m a farm boy, born and raised, so I always knew I would one day return to the bush; to the campfires and open skies of my beloved South Africa. Through a shared passion and vision for all things South African – our food, people, shared culture and arts – I have entered into a global partnership with the Oppenheimer family. Together, we have embarked on an incredible project that celebrates the unexplored culinary territory of the vast Kalahari.

KLEIN JAN will soon open its doors at Tswalu Kalahari, one of South Africa’s leading private game reserves; an untamed, untouched, unspoiled refuge that celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of this magical region. 
Driven by our values of local authenticity, heritage, and sustainability of the environment, KLEIN JAN will become the region’s culinary epicentre; a place where the Kalahari’s unique ingredients will be translated into world-class cuisine. I have long dreamt of discovering this unexplored culinary territory, which in my mind, has unlimited potential.

In addition, I am opening a new development kitchen in Cape Town where a team of chefs and students will continually develop and innovate South African cuisine. The team at JAN Innovation Studio will share their findings with their colleagues at Michelin-star restaurant JAN in Nice, France, which will remain one of our premier gateways for sharing South African cuisine with the world.

JAN Innovation Studio will also be home to JAN the JOURNAL, my biannual food and lifestyle publication in which my team and I share our ideas, passion and curiosity about the culinary world. This collector’s book is available in both South Africa and in Europe. 

I am very excited to be launching these two exciting new projects with Nicky and Jonathan Oppenheimer that, together, bring me back to my roots and to the stars of the African sky’.

I have expressed my concern about our country’s chefs’ multi-restaurant ownership, Chef Jan-Hendrik already traveling between Cape Town and Nice on a regular basis. Now he will have to add a travel leg to the Kalahari. Chef Jan-Hendrik is a meticulous organiser, and is lucky to have such a reliable and dependable Head Chef in Rutger Eysvogel at JAN in Nice. At the launch of JAN TV series in Cape Town in late 2017 Chef Jan-Hendrik hinted at a restaurant in our country, most of us assuming that it would be in Cape Town or in the Winelands. I love that the Innovation Studio will be based in Cape Town, soon the centre of the JAN universe. We wish the JAN team all the best, and congratulate Chef Jan-Hendrik on his dedication and goal-orientation in launching businesses of quality and class! 

JAN Restaurant, 22 Rue Lascaris, Nice. Tel +33 04 97 19 32 23 www.restaurantjan.com Twitter : @JanHendrikvdWes Instagram :@janhendrik Tuesday – Saturday Dinner; Friday and Saturday Lunch.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: click here Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein

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