First South African chef awarded a Michelin Star


First South African chef awarded Michelin Star

South African-born chef and restaurateur, Jean Delport and his primarily South African team have received their first Michelin star for outstanding work at Restaurant Interlude in Sussex, South East England.

The Michelin guide’s UK Twitter account announced the star on Monday 7 October. Restaurant Interlude is located in Horsham and set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Gardens.

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According to Eat Out, Chef Jean Delport – who previously headed up the kitchen at Somerset West’s Benguela on Main – took up the challenge to build and create the nature-inspired fine-dining experience at Leonardslee House and Gardens, which opened its doors in the first half of 2018.

Restaurant Interlude’s menu is guided by what is available in their garden, building their pantry through patient harvesting and preservation, taking food back to basics and showcasing old traditional produce where possible. Take a look at some of Restaurant Interlude’s creative dishes below and read more on the latest local lifestyle news right here.

The team hails from South Africa but 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.” – Michelin Guide


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  1. I thought Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen was the first South African to get a Michelin Star. This is the 4th year he’s had one.

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