Chefs' Whites Restaurant

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

Why Chefs' Whites?

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.”

Themed Nights

With hospitality events now back up and running, Chefs' Whites have introduced a variety of fun, themed nights that are ready to book now!

Whether it's British bites, Mexican munch, indulgent Indian or a French feast - all of these 3 course meal events come with an arrival drink included.

Due to current COVID-19 regulations we will be following the rule of six and two households only per booking. We please ask that you wear a face covering whilst in the building until seated and hand sanitiser will be provided. We will have the NHS track and trace QR code available that you will need to sign in to also.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Don't miss out, book via this link: Booking Form.

Alternatively please phone 01473 382500 or email

For more details click the link below:

Chefs Whites Themed Nights

To Book

Chefs Whites’ restaurant takes the safety of its staff & customers very seriously. When you arrive, you will be asked to wear a face covering until you are seated at your table. We are collecting customer details for Track and Trace and will therefore ask you to complete a short form once you are seated at your table. All of our public spaces are operating a one-way system to reduce unnecessary crossover and you will be directed accordingly. Thank you for your help and understanding with this matter, and we look forward to welcoming you soon!

Call 01473 382500 or email to make a booking.

As a guest of the restaurant, if there are spaces available in the College’s car parks, you are able to park there free of charge. Any chefs' whites guests who park in the College car parks before 6:00pm are required to register their car details with our main reception upon arrival.


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