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 Restuarant - the only thing that has changed is the new name - still the same great quality food and service.

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 Lunch Menu Available Now

Check out the delicious range of lunchtime meals on offer. This menu is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays 12pm-2pm.

September New Dinner Menus

Set menus available on Wednesdays & Thursdays starting from Wednesday 13th October.



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 dissappointment!

Christmas Bookings Are Now Open

Enjoy the festive season with us, starting from 15th November. The restaurant will be open for lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12.00 - 13.15 arrival time.

Dinner service will also be available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings 18.00 - 19.00 arrival time.

As an early Christmas gift, if you book before 30th September you'll receive a complimentary bottle of house red, white or rosè for your table.

Dinner service is 3 courses for £25 per person. Lunch is 2 courses for £15 or 3 courses for £18 per person.

For all bookings and enquiries please contact, complete the Christmas booking form or call 01473 382500.

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!

Please call 01473 382500 or complete this booking form to make a reservation.

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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