South African-born chef Jean Delport recently announced that he received his first Michelin star for his restaurant, Interlude.
While Delport and his team toook to Instagram to announce the news, Michelin also made the announcement via a special launch event at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham, London on Monday, 7 October 2019.
Delport, who originates from Cape Town, received the star for the Restaurant Interlude in Sussex, South East England. Interlude was ultimately one of twenty restaurants named to be a part of the Great Britain and Ireland Stars for 2020.
Jean Delport’s Interlude:
According to the Michelin website, people will find this intimate restaurant in a listed mansion in Leonardslee Gardens.
“[Even though] the team hails from South Africa, the two surprise tasting menus keep their focus firmly on the local area. Skilfully crafted dishes show good balance in their textures and flavours, and have a creative, original style.”
In Michelin standards a one star ultimately means that the retsaurant is a ‘good place to stop on your journey, indicating a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard’.
More About Interlude:
According to its official website, Interlude is a contemporary restaurant set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Delport and his team are committed to providing each and every guest with a place to interact with nature and eat from the land in an unexpected food journey.
“An ever-changing set menu draws inspiration from our listed gardens, produce grown in Interlude’s own vegetable gardens or surrounding land and by local farmers where organic principles are employed.
“Our menu is guided by what is available in our garden, we strive to build our pantry through patient harvesting and preservation, taking food back to basics and showcase old traditional produce where possible. Our unique cuisine is built on old and new techniques and we endeavour to show enormous respect for nature and seasonality by bringing our gardens to life within the restaurant.
“Enjoy our delicious dégustation menus at Restaurant Interlude and explore the vast range of alluring tasting dishes.”
South African Michelin star chefs
Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen was the first South African chef to be awarded a Michelin star.
Back in 2016, Jan-Hendrik was awarded his first star as the chef patron for his Restaurant Jan in Nice.
So far, the two South African chefs who did receive a Michelin star was due to the fact that they run their restaurants overseas. At the moment there isn’t any Michelin-starred restaurants in South Africa. And there’s a very good reason why:
According to TimesLive, there are not any Michelin-starred restaurants in South Africa because Michelin’s inspectors do not operate here, or anywhere in Africa. They only cover parts of Europe and Japan, some cities in the US, and other places such as Shangai, Singapore, Seoul, Rio and Bangkok.