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Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen Celebrated for His Global Take on Food

The French AffairJan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, author of The French Affair, has been featured in an article on the rise of global food stars in the Etihad Inflight Magazine, written by Ishay Govender and shared on her blog, The Food and the Fabulous.

Govender writes that van der Westhuizen, “brings his experience of growing up on a dairy farm in Mpumalanga (north of Johannesburg), cooking traditional Afrikaans foods and his love of seasonal French market produce to each dish prepared.”

South African born Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen , a chef, and designer has stormed onto the scene in Nice, France and recently opened a restaurant, JAN and released a cookbook called The French Affair, Tables of Love. The book is dedicated to his mother and grandmothers, ‘’for showing me how to put love on a plate”, he says. He brings his experience of growing up on a dairy farm in Mpumalagna (north of Johannesburg), cooking traditional Afrikaans foods and his love of seasonal French market produce to each dish prepared. “My parents always knew that one day I would leave the farm to explore the unknown, “ he says.

Jan recounts the bounty of food on the farm, explaining how he learned from the skilful hands of his mother. He is modest about his achievements in the food world to date.

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