In the twenty-odd years since he first put on his chef’s whites, British-born Luke Dale-Roberts has travelled the world, working in some of the best restaurants in London and Europe, followed by five years in Asia. He eventually made his way to South Africa in 2006 to join La Colombe as Executive Chef.
In 2010 he opened The Test Kitchen, which afforded Dale-Roberts the opportunity for maximum innovation as a chef. It also became a “creative hub” for a variety of different projects. At the end of 2011, he also opened The Pot Luck Club – a “sharing-style” Asian-influenced eatery, which, like its sibling, has wowed guests since the day it opened its doors.
His efforts were acknowledged when he was awarded Chef of the Year in the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards and, for the second year in a row, The Test Kitchen was awarded South Africa’s Restaurant of the Year at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards.
With a string of awards and consistent international recognition, Dale-Roberts has reinforced his position as a force to reckon with on the global food scene.
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