I’m thrilled to announce my latest culinary experience on home soil in partnership with La Motte
The JAN family is growing with the opening of my newest seasonal food and wine experience -JAN Franschhoek! My years studying in the Cape winelands formed such a big part of my culinary and design training that I have always wanted to come back for more. I guess it’s like drinking a good wine. Once you’ve had a taste, you want to keep on savouring it. I remember always seeing this small little house in the middle of the Franschhoek valley lavender fields at La Motte and wondering why it was not a super exclusive little eatery. Years later and JAN Franschhoek will be opening its doors to the culinary curious.
La Motte’s historic Veepos building plays host to JAN Franschhoek, which is a zero percent single-use plastic establishment, and offers a rare glimpse into life as it was in this valley in the early 19th century, with its thick stone walls and ceiling that is still supported by original blue gum ceiling beams. Revisiting the past has always been an enormous inspiration to me. Absorbing a space, marinating in its richness, and surrendering to nostalgia always fills me with fresh ideas – new menus, new stories, new ventures – hopes and dreams tugging at my sleeves, urging me to help bring them to life. Fully restored since 1992, the building is hidden amidst a sea of lavender during the spring and summer months, and acted as the location of my latest TV series JAN RSVP on VIA (DSTV channel 147). Partnering with La Motte on this new venture has been amazing and I’m grateful to the team for helping us bring it to life.
“As a family, we are always looking for interesting and creative ways to share our passion for wine and food with our guests. We’ve been fans of Jan Hendrik’s dinner table story-telling since enjoying his Michelin-starred experience in Nice and we are honoured and excited to host him and his team in the Franschhoek Valley. We can’t wait to offer guests a delicious once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience at La Motte.” – La Motte CEO Hein Koegelenberg.
I’m proud to share that the JAN Franschhoek team will include a culinary collective led by JAN Group Executive Chef Antro Davel and Head Chef Anzette Klynhans. Intimate gatherings of guests will be taken through a unique dining experience comprising of one half tasting menu and one half customised à la carte dining where guests can choose between the Mountain Menu and River Menu options. The culinary offering, crafted from 100 percent local ingredients and inspired by regional cuisine, combines traditional and modern techniques in the creation of a series of dishes inspired by the JAN Library’s formidable collection of cookbooks, one of the largest in South Africa.
Unlike my other dining experiences, JAN in Nice and Klein JAN at Tswalu Kalahari, JAN Franschhoek recreates the experiences that the guests of my show had during its production, and will only be available for a short time. The TV series is bound by a theme of togetherness and features a legendary roster of guests in the beautiful Boland farmhouse, creating a union of culture and shared memories. For each of my special guests, I make a dish inspired by their own stories. Together we cook, talk about life, share old recipes, traditions and dishes that were unforgettable to them over the course of their lives. Episodes air weekly on VIA (DSTV channel 147) on Sunday nights at 20:30 and can be streamed on Showmax, and now fans of the series can now experience the magic of JAN RSVP for themselves.
JAN Franschhoek will be open for dinner bookings on select dates from December 1st 2022 until 31 May 2023.