Test Kitchen is an amazing novel that hovers somewhere between the fantastical and gritty reality. Veering from humorous to horrifying, it shows real insight into the mildly unhinged nature of both high-end restaurants and their diners - with wit, lyricism and a killer turn of phrase
TEST KITCHEN offers a necklace of short stories strung on the golden thread of a novel. The book is full of twists that will leave you winded. It is a thriller, a meticulously painted picture of the world of high-end dining, a portrait of different kinds of damage, a deeply felt story of what people begin as and what they become. It is, in short, a wild wild ride.
Test Kitchen is phenomenal - a mad, magical, ten-course feast of a novel, gorgeously written, totally original, packed with ideas and invention. Incredibly ambitious too - so many characters, so many stories, all of it choreographed so expertly. I have no idea how Neil Stewart did it, even after reading it twice. It deserves to be a massive success. Three Michelin stars