Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Current Culinary Director, Jan Hendrik Group
Born 14 August 1982, Nelspruit
Training Culinary arts and pastry Stellenbosch; Bachelors in Applied Design and Photography
Work history Opened Michelin-starred JAN in Nice in 2013; opened Maria, opposite JAN in 2017; published two books, The French Affair and JAN – A Breath of French Air; opened JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town in 2019.
Inspiration Developed a passion for the culinary arts during his upbringing on a farm outside of Middleburg, Mpumalanga; and credits his mother and grandmother for nurturing his talent from a young age.
Restaurants JAN, Maria, Klein Jan (opening at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, November 2020)

Restaurants he rates in 2020

Best casual eatery Willoughby & Co
Best fine-dining restaurant The Test Kitchen
Best wine farm restaurant Gåte at Quoin Rock; L’Orangerie @ Le Lude
Best restaurant for speciality cuisine Thali
Best new restaurant Dorp
Best restaurant that’s stood the test of time La Tête
Best spot to indulge your guilty pleasure Unframed, Kloof Street; Oreo McFlurry from McDonalds
Best hole-in-the-wall Diaz Tavern
Best overall restaurant experience La Tête

Restaurants he rated in 2019

For a casual meal El Burro Taqueria
For a special occasion The Test Kitchen; The Shortmarket Club
For a guilty pleasure Swan Café; Lefties for a burger
For a Winelands experience Table at De Meye
For authentic cuisine Wolfgat
Best new restaurant Janse & Co; Belly of the Beast; Salsify at The Roundhouse
Best “oldie but goodie” Il Leone Mastrantonio; La Perla
The best restaurant overall  La Tête

Restaurants he rated in 2018

For a casual meal La Tête
For a special occasion Greenhouse Restaurant
For a healthy meal Plant Cafe
For a quick bite The Power & The Glory
For a Winelands experience Creation Wines
For authentic cuisine Thali; Obi Restaurant
The best restaurant overall The Test Kitchen

Restaurants he rated in 2017

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen on Bree Street; La Colombe; Greenhouse Restaurant; Ash Restaurant [relaunched as Riverine Rabbit in 2018]; The Shortmarket Club; Willoughby & Co; Mano’s; Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room; Benguela on Main; Thali, Hemelhuijs; Villa 47; Jason Bakery