Bury St Edmunds MasterChef contestant suffers 'dire' loss in work due to new coronavirus restrictions
A Bury St Edmunds MasterChef contestant has spoken of the 'dire' financial hit she has taken due to the new coronavirus restrictions.
Hannah Gregory, 34, has in recent months been working as a private chef for groups and couples to create dinner parties and themed dining experiences.
However, she has lost 80 to 90 per cent of her bookings and taken an estimated £5,000 hit, after the Government announced social gatherings will be limited to six people to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Hannah, who appeared as a contestant on TV show MasterChef earlier this year, said: "From next Saturday up until pretty much Christmas I had a booking every week for an average of about 10 people or more for private chef work.
"A couple of clients are going to go-ahead but reduce the numbers but it almost puts the fear back into people that we've gone back a step I guess so a lot of people have said 'I would rather leave it until next year' which is understandable but disappointing.
"That was my only source of income so it's pretty dire. I'm just going to have to adapt and I will do takeaways but it doesn't bring in as much money as private chef work."
Hannah produced themed takeaways during lockdown through her business WanderSups and plans to make them 'bigger and better than last time'.
She will also continue private dining for couples.
"It's kind of frustrating for people in my position," she said.
"I was talking to a couple of other chefs around town and it's hard to see when people are encouraged to go out (to restaurants) but you can't do it in your own home. It's still the same amount of risk.
It's frustrating watching such a confusing situation unfold - Hannah Gregory
"It just feels like certain people are being penalised and forgotten about.
"It's frustrating watching such a confusing situation unfold."