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Humans of coffee: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Who is Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen? Someone with a generous flow of ambition and drive, who was brave enough to follow his dream of owning a small restaurant. A perfectionist at heart with an eye for aesthetics and someone who sticks to what he knows, and does not believe in shortcuts  but in hard work and long hours. Someone who preserves and embraces tradition, while daily trying to bring people together through good food and hospitality. What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my mother and grandmothers in the kitchen, chasing the chickens on the farm, “klei lat” and fishing, and my mothers peppermint crisp tart.   If you had a chance for a “do over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d rather regret the things I have done than the things I haven’t done. What do you feel most proud of? Restaurant JAN, MARIA and receiving a Michelin star.  If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why? My grandmothers recipes as we use them …