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SA’s Michelin-star chef soon to be a TV star on VIA

2017-10-19 13:38
Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Cape Town – An exciting new TV show coming to the Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA (DStv 147) will give SA viewers a glimpse into the life of Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen. 

In Jan, this award-winning chef and culinary genius will invite DStv viewers to watch how he combines French and South African cooking in his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France. 

The programme kicks off on Tuesday, 24 October at 19:30 on VIA (DStv 147) and will simultaneously be available on Showmax.

The show is in Afrikaans, English, French and Italian, but the entire series has English subtitles so everyone can watch. 

Jan will give viewers an intimate look into the life of a creative artist, and also the processes that inspires Jan-Hendrik to create his award-winning culinary creations. 

We discover how his childhood on a dairy farm in Mpumalanga prepared him for opening his restaurant in the capital of the culinary world, and why he received the highest accolade in the restaurant business three years later.


“Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen is one of South Africa’s exports that fills us with pride. It is a great honour to be able to explore his inner world through the camera lens,” says Izelle Venter, VIA’s channel head.

Each episode will end off with a spectacular dish inspired by the episode’s characters and ingredients – usually accompanied by a robust South African touch. 

“Guests at my restaurant should not only say they enjoyed eating there – they must say they had a great experience. The same goes for the series: we are taking the viewers on a visual and sensory journey. 

“If viewers feel that the programme was an experience for them as well, then we have done good work,” says Jan-Hendrik, who is visiting Cape Town especially for the show launch.

New episodes of Jan will air every Tuesday at 19:30, with repeats on Sundays at 20:30. The show is simultaneously available on Showmax.

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