THE JAN FAMILY
To preserve the beauty in the world by inspiring people to slow down, taking the time to see things in a new light, and to be more curious.
We will achieve this by encouraging and educating people to cook responsibly – from scratch using real, seasonal ingredients while leaving minimal waste behind – to value quality over quantity, and to take another look at the things we may take for granted.
Creating a better world by inspiring others to be kinder to themselves and others by living mindful and fulfilling lives through great food and experiences.
Authenticity. Curiosity. Heritage. Sustainability.
Restaurant JAN, an intimate 24-seater restaurant in Nice’s Vieux Port area, is a source of great pride to many South Africans, as this is where Jan Hendrik became his home country’s first Michelin-star chef. Today, JAN continues to enchant locals and visitors alike with its innovative fusion of classic, honest South African fair elevated to haute cuisine status.
What started as a pet project has turned into one of the most fulfilling ventures of Jan’s life. Over the last year JAN Innovation Studio has become home to a growing collection of South Arican cookbooks, donated by people from across the country and preserving our culinary heritage. These books have found a loving new home where they are treasured dearly, fulfilling Jan’s dream to grow south Africa’s biggest cookbook library, so that our collective heritage and culinary secrets will never disappear.