Guide names best eateries for 2012

Tuddenham Mill chef Paul Foster showing off his skills in the restaurant kitchen. He has just been given the Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the year award. ''From left; Paul Foster shows off his talents and passion for local produce.
Tuddenham Mill chef Paul Foster showing off his skills in the restaurant kitchen. He has just been given the Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the year award. ''From left; Paul Foster shows off his talents and passion for local produce.
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CHEF Paul Foster has been served a culinary delight just for himself.

Judges have voted him the up-and-coming chef of the year in the prestigious Good Food Guide awards for 2012.

The head chef at Tuddenham Mill joins a number of other eateries across West Suffolk who are also recognised in the latest edition of the guide.

For Paul, 29, it is one of a number of honours to come his way, including being named Young Chef of the Year for 2011 by the Observer newspaper.

The Good Food Guide says: “There is a vigorous streak of culinary daring running through his menus, with plenty of of attention-grabbing ideas among the choices offered.”

Joining Tuddenham Mill in the guide are The Bildeston Crown and Maison Bleue, in Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, owned by Regis Crepis whose Great House in Lavenham is among the ‘longest-serving’ eateries with 22 years in the guide.

Pea Porridge, in Cannon Street, Bury, and The Leaping Hare, at Stanton, are also included, as is the The Buxhall Crown which was recommended by readers.

All entries in the guide, first produced in 1951, are based on anonymous, expert inspections and bolstered by feedback from readers which, the guide says, gives it a balanced view of what a restaurant is really like.

The Good Food Guide 2012 costs £16.99.