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South African chef wins Michelin star

South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, chef patron of Restaurant Jan in Nice, has just been awarded his first Michelin star.

The star was announced on Monday 1 February on the French Michelin guide’s Twitter account, and was one of 52 new stars awarded in 2016.

Jan Hendrik with his head chef Kevin Grobler and sous chef Rutger Eysvogel - also South African boys.

Jan Hendrik with his head chef Kevin Grobler and sous chef Rutger Eysvogel – also South African boys.

The restaurant’s seasonal menu frequently features South African dishes inspired by the chef’s grandmother. Current dishes on the menu include mosbolletjies and Cape seed loaf; line fish with curry, yoghurt, lime, fennel, mussels and white wine; and a cheese board featuring homemade biltong.

South African Bobotie with all the jazz! #picoftheday #foodie #foodstyling #foodporn #foodphotography #bobotie #southafrica A photo posted by Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen (@janhendrik2016) on

The restaurant was also included in Conde Nast’s January 2016 list of 18 of the best restaurants in the world, which praised the restaurant for its healthy modern cooking and dishes like slow-cooked lamb shank, simmered in coffee and pinotage, and malva pudding topped with salted caramel and Madagascar vanilla ice cream. Congratulations, Jan Hendrik!

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