South African chef awarded a Michelin Star

A South African chef who owns and runs his own restaurant in Nice, France, has been awarded a Michelin Star.

Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, who is patron 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.

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 chef offers his take on South African favourites, with a menu featuring mosbolletjies, biltong and other ingredients from his home country.

A meal for two at the restaurants is estimated to cost around 80 pounds (R1,840).

Jan Hendrink van der Westhuizen and his team
Jan Hendrink van der Westhuizen and his team

The Michelin Guides are a series of annual books published by the Michelin tyre company which awards Michelin stars for excellence.

Inspectors for the group are completely anonymous, and the awarded stars are sought after by chefs the world over for the prestige they convey.

The annual awards have been described as “The Oscars for food”.

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