Luke Dale-Roberts's venture follows a four-year long tenure as the executive chef of La Colombe restaurant at the Constantia Uitsig wine estate in Constantia. During this time, Dale-Roberts took the celebrated fine dining establishment to new heights, culminating most recently in its winning 12th place in the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2010 and gaining the title of Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in Africa and Middle East.
Having honed his considerable skills in some of the most renowned kitchens in the world, since coming to Cape Town, Luke has consistently proven his mettle with a string of awards and accolades. The most recent being Chef of the Year in 2011 at the Eat Out Dstv Food Network Restaurant Awards.
The Test Kitchen, located in the trendy Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock, has been named Restaurant of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at at Eat Out Dstv Food Network Restaurant Awards, an event honouring the best restaurants and chefs in the country. In 2011 it was runner-up in the competition.
The Test Kitchen, which opened in November 2010, sees the chef cooking his distinctive style of cuisine in an intimate space that also delights design aficionados.
Time magazine pin pointed the date November 24, 2010, as the day “Woodstock officially became Cape Town’s hottest district…when Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen there.” Worthy praise indeed.
As its name implies, The Test Kitchen, though primarily a restaurant, affords Luke the opportunity for maximum innovation as a chef, as well as being a space to use as “the creative hub” for a variety of different projects, including regular cooking.Twitter: @TestKitchenCTOpen:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:30 - 14:00
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 19:00 - 21:30