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Chefs' Whites Restaurant

Who’s hungry? At Suffolk New’s Chef Whites restaurant, we pride ourselves on being the perfect go-to for every occasion. From three-course Christmas extravaganzas to themed evening events or just a quiet lunch to catch up with a friend, this is the place for you!

Customers visiting Chefs' Whites Restaurant

SNC proudly presents our modern and vibrant cooking and dining facilities hosted by our incredibly talented students. We aim to provide our customers with the best, offering a unique dining experience that you won’t receive anywhere else in town through affordable, high-quality food and outstanding service. 

Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your table by one of our lovely staff members, who will then take your drinks orders and offer you a jug of water for your table. Our staff will then take your food orders and leave you to relax and enjoy the comfortable surrounding as you wait for your meal. Those interested can even watch their meal preparation from the comfort of their table, as we have multiple screens linked directly to the kitchen area that allows customers to watch as our students prepare their food. 

We offer a wide selection of meals and drinks from our menus, from traditional foods to themed meals and seasonal-style dishes (such as our Christmas lunch). We offer a variety of meals within each menu, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free. Dietary requirement alterations are available upon request, and all potential allergens are listed. For other enquiries, our staff are available to discuss queries or concerns.

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Dining at Chefs’ Whites


Wednesday – Friday 12:00 pm – 14:30 pm (13:00 pm last sitting)


Thursday – Taster Menu / Themed Evenings / Guest Chefs (18:00 – 21:00 pm – last sitting 19:15 pm)

Private Bookings

Please contact us to book your event

SCCA Learner Serving Food
SCCA Learner Serving Drinks

Theme nights at Chefs’ Whites

Keep an eye out for our popular theme nights.
Booking is essential to avoid disappointment!

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Launch Night

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Photo of Haggis
Burns Night

Thursday 25th January 2024

Burns Night Menu
Food by Luke Bailey - Salthouse Hotel
Luke Bailey – The Salthouse Harbour Hotel

Thursday 1st February 2024

Glasses on table in chefs' whites restaurant
Valentines Night

Thursday 15th February 2024

Valentines Menu
indian spices
Taste of Asia

Thursday 7th March 2024

Taste Of Asia Menu
Food by Tom Booton
A Night With The Grill by Tom Booton

Thursday 21st March 2024

Chefs' Whites staff preparing food
Mezze and Grill

Thursday 18th April 2024

Mezze & Grill Menu
Food from the Ice Cafe
John and Barney – ICE Restaurant

Thursday 25th April 2024

Food by Dave Wall - The Unruly Pig
Dave Wall – The Unruly Pig

Thursday 9th May 2024

A Taste of Spring

Coming Soon

Street Food

Coming Soon

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Full List of Dates

Click below to download a full list of our events

All Themed Events

Take a tour of our stunning environments

Tour our Restaurant

This is a modern, vibrant, inspiring learning environment developing the Catering & Hospitality professionals of the future. We aim to deliver a unique dining experience hosted by our students.

Inside Chefs' Whites Restuarant

Book a table

Please call 01473 382500 or email to make a reservation.

Lunch sittings are 12:00 pm – 13:15 pm and for dinner service 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm last sitting.

For large group bookings of 6 or more, you may be asked to complete a pre-order form along with the full pre-payment required for Christmas meals. Please email for the payment link which secures the booking and is non-refundable.

Restaurant parking is available at Rope Walk and Grimwade Street. You can park there free of charge as a restaurant guest if there are spaces in the College’s car parks. Any chefs’ whites guests who park in the College car parks before 6:00 pm must register their car details with our main reception upon arrival. (We ask that you not park at the university car park as this is not associated with SNC, and you may incur a fine).

Map of Ipswich showing Chefs' Whites Location

The Chefs' Whites Story

Whilst the bowler hat goes hand in hand with the world of banking, whites are as important to a chef as a football boot is to Lionel Messi.

The history of the signature uniform worn in the kitchen by culinary experts the world over, started with a hat that was otherwise known as a Toque.

From small hats – big aprons formed – and white coats came to prominence in the kitchen during the nineteenth century, thanks to the French chef, Marie-Antione Carême.

It was popularised in the UK by Carême’s compatriot, Auguste Escoffier, who worked at The Savoy and The Ritz in London during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Since then, chef whites have been on the sartorial menu of the kitchen ever since.

Whilst many people believe the colour was chosen to highlight cleanliness in the kitchen, whatever the reasons behind its invention, getting your chef whites is a rite of passage for all hopeful Hestons and optimistic Olivers.

Whites are an integral part of a chef’s uniform and that is the reasoning behind Chefs’ Whites, the new name of the restaurant and home of the Suffolk Centre for Culinary Arts – based at Suffolk New College in Ipswich.

Director of Service Industries, Mike Mulvihill, said, “Chefs’ Whites and our Suffolk Centre for Culinary Arts will provide the very best training to some of the future stars of the industry.

“Everyone who studies with us will get the chance to work with some amazing chefs and industry big hitters both locally and nationally, all with the eventual aim of helping their progression.

“We want the Chefs’ Whites chef whites to be a badge of honour that students are proud of – and they will be a badge of honour that will open doors to a successful career in the catering and hospitality industry on successful completion of one of our many exciting training programmes.”

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