Paul takes home major prize

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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APART from being world-renowned chefs, what do Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Michel Roux have in common?

The answer: they were all winners at this year’s The Observer Food Monthly Awards.

Joining that prestigious line-up was Paul Foster, head chef at Tuddenham Mill and winner of Young Chef of the Year 2011.

Paul, 29, has been running the hotel’s kitchen for just over 18 months, having honed his trade at the Michelin-starred Sat Bains in Nottingham.

He landed The Observer gong after marrying his haute cuisine skills with foraged ingredients from the surrounding countryside.

“It’s ingredient-led food - using the best ingredients and turning them into something simple with pure flavour,” he said.

His latest muse is the potato, with everything from buttery mash to a vanilla and potato terrine on the hotel’s menu.

Earlier this year Paul won an Acorn Award and he is set to appear in the BBC’s Great British Menu series in March, taking on chefs from around the country.