The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant in the world’s 50 best restaurants 2016 edition

The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant on the world’s 50 best restaurants list for 2016

The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant on the world's 50 best restaurants list for 2016
The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant in the world's 50 best restaurants 2016 editionFirst of all i’d be pretty glad if any of you smart and far more knowledgeable readers could educate me on how the world’s top 50 restaurants can possibly be chosen objectively. Even though I wholeheartedly believe that Kate’s restaurant, my local, is arguably the best in the world, it is becoming increasingly obvious that that perception only exists in my rather beautifully formed large head. So how does one get onto the top 50 list then?

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is produced by the British magazine Restaurant which holds an annual awards ceremony every year in its 14-year history to tell us who is who in the restaurant world. There are, I am reliably informed, 1,500 judges made equally of chefs and restaurateurs, culinary journalists, and gastronomes whose job it is to sift the chaff from the top 50. The top 50 tend to offer tasting menus, perhaps that’s how they got to be part of the creme de la creme in the first place and explains why my full meal cheap and cheerful Kate’s restaurant has no chance.

This year, however, the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list has piqued my interest. It has a sole African representative. Don’t start celebrating yet….This isn’t that kind of Africa – certainly not the jollof rice variety.

The sole African rep is as geographically African as any African restaurant, but that is where the similarities end. The Test Kitchen, our sole African restaurant on the list is located in Cape Town and is owned by British-born Luke Dale-Roberts who trained as a chef in Switzerland and England before heading to Asia for five years. The restaurant placed a respectable 22nd on the overall list.

Apparently a previous number 1 on the list had to hire more reservation staff with the sole aim of telling customers that they were full. Another had a 12 month waiting period. That tells me that there are some folks who take this list pretty seriously.

Congratulations to The Test Kitchen! Looking at the photos of what to expect below, I can’t help feeling that this is no jollof rice territory.
The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant on the world's 50 best restaurants list for 2016

 

The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant on the world's 50 best restaurants list for 2016

The Test Kitchen: The only African restaurant on the world's 50 best restaurants list for 2016

IN FULL | The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016
Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
Central, Lima, Peru
Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mirazur, Menton, France
Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain
D.O.M, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
Maido, Lima, Peru
The Ledbury, London, UK
Alinea, Chicago, USA
Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
Arpege, Paris, France
Amber, Hong Kong, China
Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
Le Bernardin, New York, USA
Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
The Clove Club, London, UK
Saison, San Francisco, USA
Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tickets, Barcelona, Spain
Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
Nihonryori Ryugin, Tokyo, Japan
Restaurant Andre, Singapore
Attica, Melbourne, Australia
Restaurant Tim Raue, Berlin, Germany
Vendome, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Borago, Santiago, Chile
Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
De Librije, Zwolle, Netherlands
Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, Shanghai, China
Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
Estela, New York, USA
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy
Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantino Hills, USA
Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain
Septime, Paris, France



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