The Kalahari goes international 

I was thrilled to have been invited to the prestigious La Liste 2022 gala evening in Paris this week, where Restaurant Klein JAN was awarded in the international Hidden Gem category!

Dubbed “a restaurant worth going an extra mile for”, Klein JAN’s stunning location at Tswalu Kalahari is an untamed, untouched, unspoilt refuge that celebrates the simple, authentic splendours of the magical Kalahari region. Creating Restaurant Klein JAN has been my great homecoming project. Growing up on a farm in South Africa’s rural Mpumalanga province, I felt an instant connection to the vastness of the Kalahari, which felt like a blank canvas with unlimited possibilities.

The region’s rich landscape and natural ingredients were the perfect inspiration to open a new restaurant and bring fine dining home – giving food from the Kalahari the global stage it deserves. 

La Liste’s prestigious restaurant selection offers travellers and food lovers the world’s best restaurant suggestions, and the 2022 awards recognise chefs, establishments and regions that are making waves in the industry through cooking, innovation, sustainability and authenticity.

I am so proud that Klein JAN was selected for this honour, and I feel our commitment to an authentic, sustainable and wholly South African experience has connected with so many people, this recognition is just the cherry on top. A huge thank you to all of the Klein JAN team, this is just the beginning!