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.

Previously Shelly's Restaurant - the only thing that has changed is the new name - still the same great quality food and service.

To Book

Please call 01473 382500 or email to make a reservation.

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

For large group booking of 6 or more, you may be asked to complete a pre-order form along with a £10 per person deposit payment which secures the booking and is non-refundable (however the deposit amount will come off the bill on the day of 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.

Parking is located on Rope Walk and Grimwade Street. (We advise to not park at the university car park as this is not associated with SNC and you may incur a fine).

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.”

New Year - New Menus

New for 2022 and available from Tuesday 4th January we have a brand new Wednesday and Thursday evening menu as well as an eat-in and takeaway lunchtime Express Light Bites menu option, and a hearty midweek roast available on a Wednesday as well.

Click each menu for the full-size image.

Theme Nights At Chefs' Whites

After the sell-out success of the last 3 themed dinner evenings, the catering and hospitality team have organised another range of culinary explorations for you to try. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment!

Use the simple online booking form here:


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