Lee Bye, the award winning Chef Patron of Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk, has worked in hospitality and catering most of his adult life, and he has loved every minute of it. Nowadays, he gets to create and prepare amazing seasonal dishes and considers himself very fortunate to be in this position.
Yet Lee also knows the challenges this industry brings. The long, often antisocial hours, the fast paced and high-stress environment that is the kitchen, and the layoffs that happen for some, when the high-season finishes. Add into the mix Brexit uncertainty, and general economic worries, and you can see why, particularly for those at the lower level, who have not yet established themselves, the industry can seem difficult at times.
Tuddenham Mill has recently launched a special discounted rate for hospitality and catering workers, so they can enjoy a stay in the beautiful boutique hotel and dine in the award-winning restaurant at an affordable rate. Tuddenham Mill is in a lovely part of the world, and as they say, nobody appreciates great food and service more than an off-duty hospitality worker. For people in often thankless roles in the industry, this is Tuddenham’s way of saying thank you.
Lee says “I sometimes think back to those early days when I was learning my trade as a chef under various gifted and brilliant individuals. Not only did I get to learn from the best, but at times I was supported and offered kindness by more experienced staff. In fact, wherever I’ve worked, there has always been an incredible sense of camaraderie. It’s something I’ve always remembered, and looked to ‘pay forward’ whenever we can”.
Tuddenham Mill is a luxury hotel and restaurant surrounded by a traditional watermill offering an exceptional experience in the Suffolk countryside. The hotel and restaurant offers a unique environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine, the ultimate in bedroom comforts and discreet yet attentive service. Tuddenham Mill is the only restaurant in Suffolk to be awarded a coveted 3 Rosettes by the AA, and also holds the accolade of ‘Editor’s Choice Award 2019’ from the Good Hotel Guide.