Explore how Caesarstone’s Palm Shade is used as the perfect outdoor surface at JAN Franschhoek – from sunrise to sunset. The talented chefs arrive in the morning to forage for the freshest ingredients, inspired by the surrounding mountains and landscape. We explore what a day in the life of this unique space looks like – from sunrise to sunset…
From sunrise to sunset
Work starts when the daily produce is delivered, knives are out, and preparations are underway for another spectacular restaurant service! As part of the Outdoor Collection, Caesarstone’s Palm Shade is the perfect blank canvas for all the magic to happen. Bettie Morgan, Prep Chef at JAN Franschhoek, says, “We are surrounded with mountains – it’s like a little Switzerland, so beautiful!”
The story behind JAN Franschhoek
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Michelin-star chef, conceptualised this restaurant where nature and food can come together in a beautiful harmony. “JAN Franschhoek is a seasonal wine and food experience hosted in one of the oldest farmhouses in the area.” – remarks Jan. Described as “cosy, intimate, warm, and snug” by Jan, JAN Franschhoek is a true masterpiece that is unique. “It seems impossible to find craftsmanship that will match that of a 100-year-old house. But the timelessness of Caesarstone’s Outdoor Collection makes it really easy.”
Nature & food – a harmonious partnership
With JAN Franschhoek located in a lavender field, we’re able to see how everything comes alive in the great outdoors! “They only put one table where different people sit together – and can talk to each other,” says Bettie. “That’s a brilliant idea – one of Jan’s most brilliant ideas in fact!” When arriving at this one-of-a-kind establishment, one might wonder: Can you fit a fine dining experience into a mere 100sqm? “Scepticism only lasts until you consider the surrounding fynbos field, the river, and mountains – as much a part of its structure as the ceiling beams and 19th-century stone walls,” comments Jan.
“Much of the daily work of a chef is mise en place – an idea that holds value far beyond the borders of professional cooking. The menu at JAN Franschhoek is entirely dependant on nature’s mise en place – where you can see and feel time moving where you get to live ten different days, from sunrise to sunset.” – Jan Hendrik
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Palm Shade can define the garden kitchen as an elegant counter next to Stainless Steel barbecues, a contemporary contrast to wooden butcher-block, or as a spectacular island by the pool. The colour adds a fresh accent to a natural setting, bringing a sense of lightness.
The Caesarstone Outdoor Collection is a breakthrough combination of high durability and UV resistance for outdoor luxury. For the first time in quartz history, an outdoor surface made to weather any storm. Caesarstone has been paying careful attention to the South African consumer’s wish list and the ground-breaking Outdoor Collection provides the convenience of stain-resistant and easy-to-clean surfaces. It offers highly durable material that’s proven to withstand UV rays and extreme conditions. We’re in a time where there’s more desire than ever to cook, dine, and entertain comfortably in an outdoor kitchen. Braai counters, sinks, and backsplashes are just the beginning – other uses range from patio dining tables to poolside bar tops.
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