Lee Cooper, Development Chef, ICE

A chef for over 20 years, Lee’s varied career started in the North West of England and included key roles at properties including Crewe Hall and Mottram Hall.

Lee then moved to take up the role of Senior Sous Chef in the Hilton Manchester Deansgate shortly after its opening, where he was instrumental in shaping the kitchen before a spell working for gastro pub group Brunning and Price across a number of properties

In 2014 Lee joined prestigious Suffolk hotel, The Ickworth, as Head Chef, leading a brigade of 11 where he stayed for three and a half years, developing his passion for farm to fork dining and creating innovative seasonal menus using traditional values and cooking techniques whilst complimenting them with modern technical skills to obtain fantastic textures and flavours.

Most recently, Lee was Head Chef at The Oaksmere Hotel and Restaurant in Eye, Suffolk before joining ICE as Development Chef in 2018.  At ICE, Lee heads up the Development Kitchen working with chefs and restaurants right across the world, the ICE Cook School and the exciting new ICE Cafe.

Outside of work, Lee is a family man with three small children, an avid collector of cookery books and a keen photographer.