Pascal Canevet, chef patron of Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds, has won the Restaurant Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs awards.
Other finalists in the awards were Jean-Philippe Blondet, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Kuba Winkowski, the Feathered Nest Country Inn.
Pascal said: “I feel very honoured and privileged.. It’s a first for us and I’m so thrilled for the team.”
Previous winners include Marco Pierre White, Alain Ducasse and James Martin.
It was also a good night for Dave Wall of The Unruly Pig in Bromswell who was named Pub Chef of the Year.
Pascal added: “We’re doubly proud winning alongside Pub Restaurant award winner Dave Wall. It’s been a magnificent evening and we’re thrilled for Dave.”
Maison Bleue was also named restaurant of the Year in this year’s Suffolk Food and Drink Awards.
Pascal and his wife Karine became Maison Bleue patrons in 2011.
He said: “As a business we are quality and service driven, setting high standards with our renowned attention to detail. as a known benchmark to other restaurateurs and we always aim high. Our secret to underpinning these results is a happy team, meeting hospitality training standards at one end but outperforming these through committed and friendly leadership.