If you expect someone old and French with a stiff-gourmand upper lip – Luke is not your man. Instead he brings with him an extraordinary varied international experience with respect for culinary traditions and an innovative spirit.
This British born 35-year old trained at Baur Au Lac Hotel in Switzerland. His break came when he took up a position Bali Sugar in 1998, then London's number one fusion restaurant. He then continued to make an impression on the London-restaurant circuit opening 'The Loft' for the Accor Hotel Group.
He remained there until 2002 when the Accor Group offered him the opportunity to relocate to Singapore as Mission Executive Chef to open its signature concept restaurant in Asia, 'The Square'. After this, he accepted a consulting contract with the Sofitel Hotel in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, before moving to Seoul, Korea for the Accor Group where he developed a Modern French Bistro. From there on Luke went from Japan to Manilla opening restaurants and creating new dining experiences.
At the end of 2006, La Colombe searched for a new Executive Chef and was quite happy to find that Luke was willing to relocate. Of course his South African wife might have contributed a little to his decision. Luke promises to continue La Colombe's tradition of Classic and Modern French Cuisine, and one can expect Asian touches in the future.
However for now the young Brit, who enjoys a Windhoek as much as the next fella, is trying to keep the unique dining experience of La Colombe alive and healthy. Hopefully with Luke at the helm, the renowned 'La Colombe experience'of cuisine, service, ambiance and the breathtakingly beautiful setting, is set to continue its reputation of culinary success, as one of the top restaurants in South Africa.