In good taste
The new JAN Innovation Studio will serve as an incubator space for concepts, content, and celebration
A groundbreaker and pioneer by nature, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s moves on the culinary scene are always watched with keen interest by food enthusiasts and appreciators, and aspiring chefs. As South Africa’s first Michelin-star chef, a published author, artist and photographer, his creative ventures are eagerly anticipated by his followers and fans.
So the recent announcement of his new venue in Cape Town was met with much excitement. After months of meticulous crafting and refinement, the JAN Innovation Studio has finally opened its doors at 87 Kloof Street.
In short, don’t expect a traditional eatery, because a restaurant it is not. Rather, it’s a creative space for culinary and media exploration consisting of two separate elements.
The first is a Development Kitchen, where a team of chefs, culinary students and food developers – in continual collaboration and consultation with Jan Hendrik – will explore South Africa’s culinary heritage and wealth of local ingredients with the goal of developing new dishes for both of the chef’s culinary establishments – JAN in Nice and KLEIN JAN, his new eatery at Tswalu Kalahari.
The other side is the company’s Creative Studio, which will serve as the official base for JAN the Journal and the JAN brand’s various media endeavours.
JAN Innovation Studio will also host intimate dining experiences in Cape Town. The pop-ups – which are ideally suited to smaller groups – were originally reserved for client dinners, but are also available for public booking at the Studio.
Guests can expect the artful level of curation and theatrical attention to detail and occasion that the chef and his team of creatives have become known for.