Movers & Shakers: Carl Slaymaker returns to Sutherland House in Southwold as head chef

Sutherland House seafood restaurant and hotel's a new head chef Carl Slaymaker.

Sutherland House seafood restaurant and hotel's a new head chef Carl Slaymaker. - Credit: Archant

Sutherland House seafood restaurant and hotel in Southwold has a new head chef. Carl Slaymaker, 30, has lived in the local area all his life and has rich experience of cooking in and around Southwold.

Sutherland House is one of the oldest and most important buildings in Southwold, dating back to 1455, and is named after Dr John Sutherland, a former owner of the property and mayor of Southwold.

Owner Andy Rudd said: “Carl has some of the best relationships with local suppliers in the area, something that we have always been keen to champion here, and because of this, we are able to source unusual, totally fresh local produce. It is the genuine meaning of local sourcing. He had a spell at Sutherland House over 10 years ago – he loved it then and wanted to come back.”

Carl said: “Every cook aspires to be a head chef and now Andy has given me a great opportunity. Whatever comes through the door any day we can put straight on to the menu. When we got the first batch of asparagus we put it on for lunch with a poached egg and chive crème fresh and it flew out of the kitchen. I love the concept of suppliers coming and knocking on the back door saying they have got something really interesting.

“Another contact of mine came in the other day after foraging early in the morning and asked if we wanted some unusual mushrooms, which we then added to the menu.”

Carl and Andy also both work for the Southwold Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Carl is lifeboat helmsman.

“We respect each other and I have seen how calm Carl is as helmsman, often under severe pressure, and I know that this skill is transferable into the kitchen. Another advantage of this RNLI link is that we know the local fishing trade very well which is a totally different approach to dealing with national suppliers. We are working together to create something a bit special and different,” said Andy.

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