Respected chef and restaurateur Luke Dale Roberts has announced that he will withdraw his globally acclaimed restaurant The Test Kitchen from consideration for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards with immediate effect.
Since opening in Cape Town in 2010, The Test Kitchen has dominated the Eat Out Awards, winning ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for six years running, alongside a string of additional awards for service and innovation.
Born in Britain, trained in Europe and with extensive international experience, Dale Roberts’ global approach has long been a hallmark of the ground-breaking cuisine at The Test Kitchen.
“It’s been an enormous honour to have received so many accolades from the Eat Out Awards over the years, but we feel that the time is right to step aside and let the next generation of younger chefs receive the recognition they are due,” says Dale Roberts.
“The Test Kitchen has always been about pushing the boundaries of creativity and dining experience. One of the great joys of being a chef is the freedom to channel our own creativity onto the plate in whatever way we deem to be our own. The Test Kitchen is proud to call South Africa home, but our inspirations are global. Although we’re stepping away from the Eat Out Awards we look forward to continuing our journey of culinary discovery”
“I am excited about the future and all that it holds. I feel that this is the right decision and gives me the autonomy I need to express myself creatively. I feel that the food scene in South Africa is growing every day. As chefs we have the power to lead and mentor a hungry generation of young blood from all different walks of life and background. I would like to channel all my positive energy into this. The producers, farmers and purveyors based here in South Africa are pushing the boundaries and I support and honour them wholeheartedly.”