RESTAURANT ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WE ALL NEED TO EAT

What does it take to run a successful restaurant – or any kind of business – in the food industry? What are the things you need to keep in mind as you approach the opening night? How do you ensure that the dining experience you offer stands out above the rest? Is a prime location with lots of foot traffic really that important?

In this course, you will learn how Jan Hendrik started his career as a restaurateur and how he crafts distinctive culinary experiences as he shares the lessons he’s learnt while running a restaurant in Europe, and back home on South African soil. His conversation with fellow chef, entrepreneur, author and friend, Karen Dudley, is full of laughs, practical advice, and candid accounts of some of their wins and losses – from a Woodstock visit by Michelle Obama and developing the Love Sandwich, to realising that you’re really not good at maths, and finding partners who are.

This is the story of how Jan Hendrik started his restaurants. Now, let’s talk about yours.

COURSE INCLUDES inspirational video learning sessions featuring Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Karen Dudley. | An integrated digital workbook with additional learning material and reflective exercises. | A JAN Innovation Academy certificate on completion of the course. | Optional CV submission to the JAN Group.

MENTAL RESILIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE: BE KIND TO YOURSELF

The hospitality and creative industries are notoriously challenging work environments. Facing incredible pressure from themselves and critics of their work to keep impressing, innovating and improving, those who work in these industries often experience mental distress or mental illness. 

In this course, Jan Hendrik and Gabi Lowe (founder of The Resilience Factory and author of Get Me to 21), take you on a journey to learn more about mental health, especially in the workplace. You will learn about authentic resilience, setting boundaries, managing stress and toxicity in the workplace, and how to develop healthy coping mechanisms to live a more balanced, meaningful life. Gabi joined forces with Pippa Shaper in 2017 to start The Resilience Factory and they have recently launched an international online course on Authentic Resilience which you can access here.

It’s so important to normalise this conversation, and in recent years we’ve made great progress. No career achievement is worth the cost of your mental health. Let’s keep talking about how to show up for ourselves and others.

COURSE INCLUDES inspirational video learning sessions featuring Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Gabi Lowe. | An integrated digital workbook with additional learning material and reflective exercises. | A JAN Innovation Academy certificate on completion of the course. | Optional CV submission to the JAN Group.

BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND: TELL YOUR STORY

“I believe that everyone is a brand,” says Jan Hendrik, who has turned his three-letter name, Jan, into the multidimensional brand, JAN. The story he started telling with his Michelin-starred Restaurant JAN in the south of France in 2013 soon expanded to a range of other ventures that have all become part of the JAN brand we know today.

What does it take to develop your own personal brand? What should be on your checklist during the early stages of developing your brand identity? How do you ensure that your brand is consistent, yet always on the cutting edge?

In this course, you will learn how Jan Hendrik started and built his brand and as he shares the insights he’s gained along the way. Jan Hendrik is joined by fellow chef, entrepreneur, author and friend, Sarah Graham, in a conversation about brand partnerships, social media and the importance of remaining authentic.

Learn how to package and sell your vision and values. Your dream clients are waiting.

COURSE INCLUDES inspirational video learning sessions featuring Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Sarah Graham. | An integrated digital workbook with additional learning material and reflective exercises. | A JAN Innovation Academy certificate on completion of the course. | Optional CV submission to the JAN Group.

THE ART OF TABLE SETTING: THE DINING ROOM BECOMES A THEATRE

Setting a show-stopping table can instil a deep appreciation in us for everything from dinnerware and fine craftsmanship to capturing the seasons through natural, foraged table décor. 

 

Our goal with this course is to summarise and simplify the rules and guidelines regarding table setting – of which there is no shortage – and to inspire you with a glimpse into the world of table setting at JAN so that you might create your own dining dreamscapes. 

 

It is sure to prove valuable to professionals in the events and hospitality industries who are looking for a fresh burst of inspiration and anyone who loves hosting their nearest and dearest at home.

 

Jan Hendrik is joined by his long-time friend and collaborator, Alwijn Burger (BLOMBOY), our Creative Director at JAN. Together, they’ll guide you to discover how to create a sustainable dining environment that fulfils your practical and creative requirements, guide your guests’ behaviour, and ground your designs in the context of the cultural moment.

COURSE INCLUDES inspirational video learning sessions featuring Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen and Alwijn Burger. | An integrated digital workbook with additional learning material and reflective exercises. | A JAN Innovation Academy certificate on completion of the course. | Optional CV submission to the JAN Group.

COMING SOON
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.

LAYOUT DESIGN:
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.

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?

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY:
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.

GIFT A COURSE

Do you want to share some inspiration with the people in your life? Gift them a JAN Innovation Academy course and help create the next generation of creatives, entrepreneurs, movers and shakers.

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