Lee Bye, the 2017 Acorn Scholar, has been promoted to chef patron of Tuddenham Mill, near Newmarket, Suffolk.
Bye had led Tuddenham Mill's kitchen since February 2014. Today it has three AA rosette and has been named as Suffolk Restaurant of the Year by the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards. He is himself a multi-award winner - as well as being the current Acorn Scholar, he won an Acorn Award in 2016 and has been named Suffolk Chef of the Year by the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards.
Rufus Harper, managing director of Agellus Hotels, said: "We are strong believers in promoting from within and Lee has shown his commitment, drive and natural leadership skills that made this appointment a very natural one. With Lee's passion and love for Tuddenham Mill I am very confident our guests, our colleagues and Lee will all benefit from this appointment."
Bye added: "I feel it has come at a natural time for me not only in my career but in my life as well. I'm ready to learn and widen my knowledge in business operations and cross over my qualities into leading a food led style of operation here at Tuddenham Mill. This next step for me is one of challenge and pressure, both what I love."
During his Acorn Scholarship year, which involved prizes valued at more than £7,000, Bye intends to launch a number of campaigns and initiatives to encourage a better work-life balance for the hospitality industry, alongside a voluntary code of conduct for kitchens.
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