JAN Innovation Academy is an inspired online space for personal and skills development. A digital library carefully curated by South African Michelin-star chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur and multidisciplinary creative, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, of the things he would have loved to know when he started his career.
Through inspiring video lessons and supporting learning material, he shares his personal tales of trial and triumph in a range of short courses featuring fellow experts in related industries. JAN Innovation Academy combines education, virtual mentorship and entertainment to inspire the next generation of creatives, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers.
WE ALL NEED TO EAT
“There is definitely a difference between a dining experience and a meal.” This is the story of how Jan Hendrik started his restaurants: the Michelin-starred Restaurant JAN in France and Restaurant Klein JAN in the Kalahari. Now, let’s talk about yours.
MENTAL RESILIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE:
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
No career achievement is worth the cost of your mental health. It’s so important to normalise this conversation, especially in the hospitality industry, where we’ve made great progress in recent years. Let’s keep talking about how to show up for ourselves and others.
BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND:
TELL YOUR STORY
Most people know Jan Hendrik simply as JAN ― the brand he’s carefully curated over the past couple of years. What brand personality do you want to create? What story do you want to share with the world? Learn how to package and sell your vision and values.
CREATIVE THINKING THROUGH FOOD:
LET’S CREATE MAGIC
Jan Hendrik is a chef, photographer, stylist, publisher, and restaurateur turned entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he has developed a multi-faceted approach to creativity and innovation. How can your unique skillset guide you to create magic?
STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS:
NOW IS THE TIME
You know that idea you’ve scribbled on a napkin tucked away in a notebook somewhere? Go find it. The difference between having an idea and creating a business is simply saying yes. Give yourself a shot… the world has a gap, just for you, the size of your biggest dream.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES
JAN the Journal is a print publication at the intersection between luxury lifestyle magazine and coffee table cookbook. It’s chronicled Jan Hendrik and his team’s creative journey for four years. This is the design process: from the first drop cap to the last full stop.
THE ART OF TABLE SETTING:
THE DINING ROOM BECOMES A THEATRE
The curtain opens. Candles flicker. Floral scents fill the room. Dish carriers, glasses and cutlery to suit each course glisten. Learn how to craft a table-top stage on which to showcase and appreciate your finest culinary creations. A standing ovation awaits.
A FEAST FOR THE EYES
You can catch Jan Hendrik with a camera in hand almost as often as with a knife or a piping bag. Making food look as good as it tastes has always been a part of his creative philosophy. Celebrate the beauty of ingredients and mouth-watering dishes by mastering food photography.