Chef wins coveted food prize

Tuddenham Mill Head Chef Paul Foster has won a coverted Acorn Award - a prize for top young talent in hospitality. Past winners have been Marco-Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Michael Caines.
Tuddenham Mill Head Chef Paul Foster has won a coverted Acorn Award - a prize for top young talent in hospitality. Past winners have been Marco-Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Michael Caines.

A HEAD chef at a Suffolk restaurant has won the coveted Acorn Award – an accolade previously won by big name chefs Marcus Wareing, Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre-White.

Paul Foster, of Tuddenham Mill, received his award on May 23 at the Coworth Park Hotel at the 25th annual Acorn Awards.

The Acorns recognise bright new prospects under 30 who are nominated by their peers and colleagues.

Paul, 28, said the Mill was the perfect place to hone his craft.

He said: I found out about the award in April but could not tell anyone. I was amazed when I found out – it has been an award that I have always wanted to win.

“There are some incredible names that have previously won the award. I think they noticed something unique about Suffolk and its local produce and the uncomplicated fine dining we have here. It is a great restaurant and the perfect place to create great food.”