South African chef wins Michelin star in France

unnamed-3A restaurant run by a South African chef has won a Michelin star in France.

Restaurant Jan, run by chef-patron Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, won the accolade in the new Michelin guide to France, published today. The restaurant is one of 52 to receive a star for 2016.

Last year, Jan was voted as one of the best restaurants in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, which praised its “healthy modern cooking” inspired by van der Westhuizen’s grandmother. The chef offers his take on South African classics, with a menu featuring things like mosbolletjies, biltong and melktert.

Michelin-Guide-2016-cover-809x468Michelin today awarded a total of 54 restaurants with new stars, including 42 with one star. Among these is British celebrity chef  Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant Le Pressoir d’Argent in Bordeaux.

Meanwhile super chefs Alain Ducasse and Christian Le Squer received Michelin’s top accolade of three stars for their restaurants in Paris. Ducasse recuperated his three stars at his restaurant at the hotel Plaza Athénée, while Le Squer won three stars for Le Cinq, his restaurant in the George V hotel.

Ten restaurants celebrated winning two stars, with five of the winners located in Paris. These include: Matthieu Pacaud’s Histoires, Jean-François Piège’s Le Grand Restaurant, Christophe Moret’s L’Abeille at the Shangri-La, Sylvestre at Hotel Thoumieux and Le Gabriel at La Réserve with Jérôme Banctel at its helm.

However, the release of the guide was overshadowed by the news of the demise of three-Michelin-starred chef Benoit Violier, who yesterday was found dead after an apparent suicide.

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