One lucky reader will win the ultimate international foodie escape. The prize includes two return flights to Nice from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, including airport taxes; four nights’ accommodation in a double room in the three-star Hotel Vendôme in Nice on a bed-and-breakfast basis; dinner and a wine pairing at the restaurant JAN; and an outing to the Nice market with Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. It excludes the cost of visas, passports, travel to OR Tambo International Airport, hotel transfers and all other meals and expenses.
As South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen has joined the ranks of Jamie, Nigella and Marco – chefs who are widely known by their first names only. For an Afrikaans farm boy from Mpumalanga, this is not half bad. (In fact, on restaurantjan.com, you can choose from three language options: English, French and Afrikaans.)
When he is not travelling to promote his new book, A Breath of French Air, or to make a TV appearance, Jan Hendrik is at the helm of JAN, his much-loved and lauded restaurant in Nice, where koeksisters rub shoulders with caviar on the menu. Jan Hendrik is very much a hands-on patron and says that when he is away, it helps that ‘I see eye to eye with my team in the kitchen – half of them are South African too.’
Since opening JAN in 2013, Jan Hendrik has become 60 per cent (his guesstimate) fluent in French and au fait with European food markets. This, together with his love of food and people, led him to start curated food tours in France and Italy, where guests meet and dine with locals from the various regions for a truly immersive experience.
For Jan Hendrik, his first love has always been food, and his understanding of the world was forged in the kitchens of his mother and grandmothers. This is your opportunity to experience his world as he, with Pentravel, is giving away a four-night trip to Nice for two, dinner at JAN with a full wine-pairing menu and an outing with him to Nice’s famous market.