Chef Darren Badenhorst to leave Grande Provence and open French-style restaurant

Chef Darren Badenhorst of Grande Provence fame is making the move to the heart of Franschhoek on Huguenot Street, with the opening of his very own fine-dining restaurant. Set to open 11 October, Le Coin Français will offer tourists and locals modern French-inspired dining with a nod to the Franschhoek Valley.

Chef Darren Badenhorst to leave Grande Provence and open Le Coin Français. Photo supplied.

Translating to The French Corner, just like Franschhoek, Le Coin Français is set to showcase the valley’s heritage, cuisine, wine, and even art. Darren – who will be leaving his executive chef post at Grande Provence to focus on this new venture – plans to bring an exploration of flavours, textures, and techniques to the dining experience, with touches of French inspiration.

While the menu is still being fine-tuned, guests can look forward to dishes like ruby-cured sea bass with lacto-fermented black garlic and five elements of citrus; and wagyu beef cooked on river rock, with pickled mustard, foraged local mushrooms and lamb fat confit potatoes.

The beautifully plated ruby-cured sea bass by Darren Badenhorst. Photo supplied.

A carefully selected wine list will round things off, showcasing the best of Franschhoek Valley’s wines as well as a French sommelier’s selection, for a Parisian touch.

Le Coin Français will open on 11 October. To book a table, visit or email

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