One of Cape Town’s most iconic culinary places will serve its last meal on September 30, as the establishment will close its doors. The Test Kitchen in Cape Town will close shop as the owner and renowned chef Luke Dale Roberts looks to concentrate on other projects.
In a statement shared via Instagram, Roberts describes it as a sad moment but indicates that the timing is right as the current global uncertainty around COVID-19 made it very difficult to sustain and maintain a restaurant of this kind.
“I believe that creativity comes in cycles, and I feel like I have come to the end of this creative cycle. I felt it was the right time, the food we are producing is some of the best since we opened, and I am immensely proud of that,” Roberts said.
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Robert’s Test Kitchen will leave behind an industry of chefs who came through the kitchen who are now plying their trade at fine institutions around Cape Town, South Africa, and the world.
The Test Kitchen, will also leave behind a deep legacy and has played an important part in the modern history of the South African restaurant industry, earning the number 44 spot on the list of the worlds best restaurants.
” I’d like to unreservedly thank everyone who has been a part of The Test Kitchen over the years. The staff, loyal guests, and everyone else who played a part in this incredible time of my life, and I look forward to continuing my creative journey,” Roberts reiterated.