Luke-Dale Roberts to delight Joburg foodies
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg will reach new culinary heights with the opening of Cape Town’s The Test Kitchen’s pop-up restaurant in January. ‘Luke-Dale Roberts at The Saxon’ will bring an award-winning gourmet experience to Johannesburg in the New Year.
Luke Dale-Roberts is markedly excited about this venture: “This opportunity at The Saxon is a launching pad for The Test Kitchen experience in Gauteng. I can’t wait to see how Joburgers react to The Test Kitchen style of food.”
Saxon head chef Candice Philip and sous chef Wynand van Wyk will head up the team at the pop-up along with chef Ryan Cole from The Test Kitchen, while Dale-Roberts will be joining the team regularly to ensure The Test Kitchen experience remains impeccable and true to form.
Candice says “The Johannesburg food scene has really grown over the last couple of years, with a lot of attention given to experimenting with diverse ingredients and flavours. Luke’s pop-up at the Saxon will give Johannesburg food lovers a complete new culinary experience and we’re sure that it’s the beginning of a greater appreciation for fine dining but still within a relaxed and unpretentious environment.”
Dale-Roberts further comments; “I’m excited about working with the stellar in-house team at The Saxon and we are very fortunate to have a highly trained kitchen and front-of-house team to collaborate with. I’ll be working closely with Candice and Ryan to refine the dishes all the time to create an unsurpassed dining experience.”
2015 was a year of staggering achievements for The Test Kitchen: winning Restaurant of the Year at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant of the Year Awards for the fourth year running, as well as being placed 28th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and winning its Continental Restaurant Awards: Best Restaurant in Africa.
In addition it was placed 44th in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants 2015 and ranked number 22 in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards on the list of its 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants. In addition, sister restaurant, vibey The Pot Luck Club, also located in Woodstock, Cape Town was ranked 9th in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.