VIA TV series JAN wins Best Variety Show at the South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS)

The eloquent and brilliantly produced lifestyle show JAN featured a glimpse into the life of South African Michelin star chef Jan -Hendrik van der Westhuizen.

Jan en Carien

Viewers watched how this culinary genius combines French and South African cooking in his restaurant, JAN, in Nice, France. Brainwave Productions filmed a beautiful, curated and intimate look into the life of this extraordinary food-artist, and the processes that inspires Jan-Hendrik to create his award-winning culinary creations. Each episode ended off with a spectacular dish inspired by the episode’s characters and ingredients – usually accompanied by a robust South African touch.

Jan by Anelia Loubser

JAN director Carien Loubser says that it was a remarkable experience to work with Jan-Hendrik. “He has done something so extraordinary, this is the type of story that inspires all of us. I was very interested in how a country boy that grew up on a diary farm in Mpumalanga became the first South African who won a Michelin star for his restaurant in Nice, France. And all of this quietly, on his own, without any fanfare. 

I imagined that there must be more to this kind of accolade than just being able to make really good food. Jan-Hendrik`s creativity stunned me. I have not come across anything quite like this. His ideas are out of this world. His uniqueness as a chef is that he serves South African food on an international platform. With JAN we wanted to capture all these elements to present a visual and sensory experience to the viewers. We also knew from the start that we had to produce a programme standard that reflects “Michelin quality.”

The first series was filmed in Nice (France) and Apricale (Italy). The second series that will air from October 2019 promises an even more expansive and mind- blowing journey. The series is broadcast in Afrikaans, French and Italian with English subtitles.  “They say the biggest adventure that one can be on is to choose a life in which you can follow your dreams. Without this incredible and talented team, this dream of a TV Series would not have come true for me. Season 2 is taking shape with the same details and magic and we cannot wait to share this journey and all the ridiculous fun and tears.”Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen

Izelle Venter, channel head of VIA TV says: “JAN has all the qualities that make us proud: Quality, Innovation, South African excellence, a touch of nostalgia and it is also incredibly beautiful.”

This is Brainwave Productions` third SAFTA win. They have previously been awarded Best Talk Show for Republiek van Zoid Afrika and Best Reality Show for Supermodel.

Follow JAN on social media: Facebook: JanHendrikInstagram: JanHendrikvanderWesthuizen BLOG/website: 

Jan and Brainwave team.  Photos attached – credit Anelia Loubser.

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