Chef Luke Dale-Roberts’s The Test Kitchen has made an impressive placement at 74 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants which were announced in London this week.
Appearing as a new listing, this is a significant achievement for a restaurant that only opened in November 2010. The Test Kitchen is only one of two South African restaurants to make a 2012 Top 100 position while Copenhagen’s Noma came in first for the third consecutive year.
Sponsored by San Pelegrino and Aqua Panna and organised by Restaurant magazine, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of over 800 international restaurant industry experts. What constitutes "best" is left to the judgment of these trusted and well-travelled gourmets.
The results are a simple computation of votes. Given that this well-constructed list is based on personal experiences it can never be definitive, but we believe it is an honourable survey of current tastes and a credible indicator of the best places to eat around the globe.
Dale-Roberts was voted Chef of the Year at the prestigious 2011 Eat Out Dstv Food Network Restaurant Awards while Time magazine pin-pointed the date 24 November 2010, as the day “Woodstock officially became Cape Town’s hottest district…when Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen there.” Worthy praise indeed.
Luke’s most recent development is a dedicated food laboratory located across the road from The Test Kitchen and his second eatery The Pot Luck Club & Gallery where he and his team will develop, design, conceptualise and create new recipes to further delight diners.