Proudly South African… and PROUD of South Africa! Jean Delport has just been awarded a prestigious Michelin Star for a second consecutive year!
Leonardslee Gardens, United Kingdom (28 February 2021) – The Michelin Great Britain & Ireland Stars for 2021 were recently unveiled, and Cape Town-born Chef Jean Delport was awarded his second Michelin star!
In 2019, Delport became the second-ever South African-born chef to receive a Michelin Star for Interlude – his restaurant in the United Kingdom – and the UK and Ireland 2021 Michelin Guide recently announced that Restaurant Interlude has retained that Michelin star for a second consecutive year!
This is an incredibly prestigious award and one that we should all be celebrating!
Interlude is a contemporary restaurant located in Horsham and set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean 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.
“You’ll find this intimate restaurant in a listed mansion in Leonardslee Gardens. The team hail 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
Jean Delport is the head chef of Restaurant Interlude. Originally from South Africa, he embraces his culture past and present. Jean, who trained in some of the best restaurants in the Cape Winelands and Ireland, has moved to West Sussex to realize his dream of opening Restaurant Interlude in the United Kingdom. British and French cooking form the base of Jean’s ideas, along with seasonality, to lead a menu that takes you on an unexpected journey through the woodland gardens of Leonardslee.
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.”
Check out some of their incredible dishes below or follow their Instagram here: