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 SINCE opening in November last year, award-winning chef, Luke Dale Roberts’ The Test Kitchen has been wowing diners who managed to get a booking at this hard-to-get-into culinary hotspot. The Test Kitchen is the epitome of creative and innovative cuisine and now that it’s winter and Cape Town is quieting down, the locals can venture out to enjoy Luke’s latest offerings from his new winter menu. But living up to its name, The Test Kitchen, this winter Luke Dale Roberts will allow some of the country’s winemaker rock stars to join him behind the kitchen counter where there will be experimentation, fun and plenty of wine. Imagine Luke Dale Roberts sharing his kitchen with the Swartland superstars Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie. You wouldn’t want to miss it.


Eben, Adi and Luke have had extensive tastings in order to try to find the perfect combination of dishes such as Luke’s seared tuna with sof dashi jelly, soy milk yuba and caviar or foie gras tiramisu, or the new developed sweetbread and truffle jagerbomb.


This collaboration will see these maverick winemakers joining Luke in the kitchen to play with ingredients and combinations to produce a menu that will be unlike anything else on offer: a food and wine lover’s dream!


Eben and Adi will be showcasing there top drawer wines including stock from their secret cellars that have to date not been available to the public.


Luke explains: “I’m excited that we are going into winter. Eben and Adi are inspirational wine makers that push the limits of creativity, they are not afraid to take risks and I respect that very much. We have a good chemistry and I am inspired to be working with other exciting, creative individuals in addition my team. That’s what its all about. Wood is also a great new component that I’m enjoying using, the velouté I’m making with American oak and bourbon accompanying my new tongue dish. Its great to slow down just a little and get seriously creative for the cooler months.”


This gastronomic adventure will continue The Test Kitchen’s reputation of being at the forefront of exciting fine dining and will highlight the symbiotic relationship between good food and wine. Every 6 weeks, new menus will be created to showcase new wines and possibly even some of the best from the microbreweries, all aiming to thrill and inspire new creativity with respect to food and wine and how we enjoy it.


For bookings or further information on these special wine events visit http://www.thetestkitchen.co.za or call (27) (21) 447 2337. You can also follow Luke on Twitter. The Test Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.



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