Two-Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains has successfully claimed R&D tax credits from HM Revenue & Customers for his development kitchen.
The unusual concession was granted because Bain's work in his development kitchen at his Nottingham restaurant classifies as research and development.
HMRC first allowed tax relief on research and development in 2000, and most claims come from the manufacturing and business services sectors.
But tax advice firm Jumpstart helped Bains to claim the relief.
Bains said: "We installed our development Kitchen solely to enhance what we deliver to our guests and to keep the restaurant kitchen clear during prep and service. We're actually really lucky as the buildings here lend themselves well to adaptation within the restaurant grounds.
"The development Kitchen is a completely separate space to the main restaurant with its own entrance and affords us the space to experiment without interference with the day to day running of the business.It is used by myself and the team to research different flavour combinations and to help develop techniques and ideas that could evolve our menus and service.
"We had no idea there was such a thing as a Research and Development Tax Credit that could be applied to restaurants. It was good to know a company like Jumpstart were there to help with this though, as its quite a complicated process. It's certainly something I'd encourage other operators to look into."