June 26, 2019

South Africa celebrates top chefs and their accolades

We join all South Africans in proudly congratulating Luke Dale Roberts and his team of The Test Kitchen on being deservedly placed at number 44 in the illustrious World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, plus being named as the best restaurant in Africa. Last week La Colombe, also in Cape Town, was placed at 114. We are delighted that two of our three-plated restaurants have achieved this status, firmly cemented our country as a top culinary destination.

Luke Dale Roberts was the winner of the 2019 SWISS Culinary Innovation Award as stated in the guide:

In the restaurant industry, gruelling and competitive yet hugely rewarding, innovation has many aspects. Innovation is not restricted to producing inventive dishes, it is about running a business that constantly innovates in all aspects, from behind-the-scenes to front-of-house. It’s about inspiring your team to believe in and execute your vision. The judges for the 2019 SWISS Culinary Innovation Award took many criteria into consideration, taking evaluation well beyond what appears to delight the diner in terms of plating, taste, texture, technique and temperature, use of ingredients and service.

Congratulations to chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen, for his all-round innovation so well demonstrated during the droughts suffered in the Cape. When Day Zero threatened, he instituted inventive water-saving mechanisms and launched a delicious and clever drought menu. He took half his team to work in Mauritius at a pop-up restaurant. By doing this he set a fine example to his diners, his staff and his peers in the industry. A trailblazer and pioneer of note.”

We applaud Luke for his continuous work and ethos towards sustainability and proud that he is being recognized globally for his work.

Next week the 2019 JHP Gourmet Guide™ is competing in the global Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Macau, having been selected to represent South Africa in the Culinary Travel category – thanks to the excellence of restaurants like The Test Kitchen and La Colombe. We thank them for their contribution and inspiration.