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12.12.06
Olive magazine names Fifteen Cornwall 'Restaurant of the Year'

'olive', the BBC's magazine for restaurants, recipes and travel, has named Fifteen Cornwall their Restaurant of the Year in the January edition which has hit news stands across the country this week.

The amazing accolade follows a review in the magazine's 'pro vs. punter' column, when Gregg Wallace, presenter of BBC 2's Master Chef Goes Large and BBC Radio 4's Market Forces, and olive reader, Allan Ford, both dined at Fifteen Cornwall and gave the restaurant on the beach at Watergate Bay a combined score of 53 out of 60 – the highest score of all of the restaurants reviewed in 2006.

Gregg Wallace praised Fifteen Cornwall's lamb ravioli with sage and orange butter, charming staff and romantic atmosphere. Reader reviewer Allan loved the sweet and succulent scallops, and said the restaurant had the finest views in the country.

Polly Dent, Fifteen Cornwall General Manager is delighted that the restaurant has received such an accolade from a national consumer food and restaurant magazine: "Being named as olive magazine's Restaurant of the Year is really the icing on the cake of Fifteen Cornwall's amazing first year. The award is a testament to the hard work and talent of the team of trainee and professional chefs and our wonderful front of house team who work together to make eating at Fifteen Cornwall a really enjoyable and memorable occasion."

Head Chef Neil Haydock is equally proud of the restaurant's recognition: "Fifteen Cornwall brings together a great location, superb local ingredients and a social enterprise to produce a passionate food experience which is much more than the sum of its parts.

"I'm really proud of the journey that our first intake of trainees have taken since the restaurant opened in May – in seven months they've not only proved to themselves and others that they have a bright future ahead of them, but they've helped Fifteen Cornwall to become the success that it is today. Becoming olive magazine's restaurant of the year is the best Christmas present that any of the restaurant team could ever have wished for."

To make a reservation call 01637 861000 or book online at www.fifteencornwall.co.uk.

For further information contact Laura Tregonning at Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or email laura@dclark.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Fifteen Cornwall through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and via the Jobcentre Plus co-financing with European Social Fund (ESF).

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Editor's notes:

Fifteen Cornwall opened on 18th May 2006 with an innovative menu of the best seasonal and local produce, a relaxed atmosphere, talented chefs and an incredible view over a beautiful two-mile beach.

The restaurant is dedicated to the same inspirational social enterprise goals as set out by Jamie Oliver and his team at Fifteen London. The restaurant is giving 18 trainee-chefs the once in a lifetime opportunity to turn their lives around during its first intake of students.

All profits from Fifteen Cornwall go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, whose purpose is the creation of fantastic career opportunities for disadvantaged local young people, helping them every step of the way to achieve their potential. The restaurant also provides a valuable boost to Cornwall's tourism industry and makes use of the abundance of high quality local food producers in the region.

The project has received more than £1 million from Objective One and the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), with additional support from Jobcentre Plus, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), Cornwall College, Cornwall County Council, Restormel Borough Council, St Austell Brewery, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank and The Hotel and Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay.

For Fifteen Cornwall reservations and menu information visit www.fifteencornwall.co.uk or call 01637 861000 (lines open between 9am and 7pm seven days a week).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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