National recognition for Objective One projects
Two Objective One projects have won top accolades in a respected
national newspaper's annual food awards.
Fifteen Cornwall was the winner of one award in the OFM (Observer
Food Monthly) Waitrose 2007 Food Awards, with the Cornwall
NHS Food Programme being runner up in another section. The
awards were published yesterday (Sunday March 25th).
Fifteen Cornwall won Best Location Readers' Award and
Cornwall NHS Food was runner up in the Ethical Contribution
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
said: "My warmest congratulations to all those who
have made these ground breaking projects happen for Cornwall.
These awards underline the fact that Objective One investment
has created opportunities for high quality projects which
are recognised nationally. This recognition highlights the
ambition and distinctiveness that underpins the unique economic
regeneration in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."
Fifteen Cornwall has received Objective One investment from
both ERDF and ESF (European Regional Development Fund and
European Social Fund). The restaurant, which has a stunning
view overlooking Watergate Bay, was set up along the lines
of Jamie Oliver's successful Fifteen, in London. Each
year young people from targeted wards are trained to become
chefs. Fifteen Cornwall also sources more than 80% of its
produce from Cornwall. All profits are reinvested into the
Fifteen Foundation charity.
The Observer article said: "Teetering like a crow's
nest high above the beach this has to have one of the best
sea views in Britain. There is nothing between you, the beach
and the pounding surf of the Atlantic, which provides the
backdrop to the riotous exploits of the Extreme Academy situated
underneath the restaurant.
"On a blustery winter day there this Christmas
we had a fabulous long lunch … The atmosphere is relaxed.
Booking is essential, although breakfast is first-come-first-served
and very popular with surfers, who swagger in trailing sand
"Students wear white hats, qualified staff are
in black ones, all scurrying around in the open kitchen. Food
is sourced locally as much as possible and great emphasis
is placed on recycling –lots of bins in the car park,
a little pink wagon run on bio-diesel scoots about picking
up, and the loos are flushed with rainwater."
The NHS Food Programme was set up by Cornwall Partnership
Trust to bring local produce into hospitals, giving patients,
visitors and staff healthy meals while supporting Cornwall's
Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust Chair, Sandra Benjamin said:
"We are delighted by the ongoing success of this programme.
By working in partnership with the Royal Cornwall Hospital
Trust we are ensuring that the local community and users of
our service gain maximum benefit from the programme and the
development of a food production unit."
The post for sustainable food procurement manager for the
NHS Food programme, held by Roy Heath, received investment
from the Organic South West Soil Association – a gateway
fund for Objective One. The Objective One Programme also invested
in a nine-month feasibility study to investigate and identify
improved ways in which the Cornwall healthcare community can
develop food processing and Organic South West Soil Association.
This programme is set to grow now that Objective One investment
has been approved for a Central Food Production Unit that
will serve all of Cornwall's hospitals.
The Observer said: "Hospital food in Cornwall has
gone local – this NHS programme means much of it is
sustainably sourced, with Cornish milk, fish, eggs, cheese
and yoghurt on the menu, too."
John Watkinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals
Trust, said, "The Cornwall Food Programme has achieved
a national reputation in leading the way in local purchasing
and sustainability, supporting and encouraging local businesses.
It is great to see that this work has once again been acknowledged.
I was delighted that my first contribution on coming to Cornwall
was to give the final seal of approval to the Cornwall Food
Production Unit, which is a natural progression of the programme.
It presents the opportunity to transform the way patient meal
services are provided throughout the NHS in Cornwall, whilst
maintaining the very high standards that have been set and
benefiting the local economy."
Traci Lewis, Project Manager Soil Association Organic South
West, said: "The whole public procurement process
is very bureaucratic but the innovative partnership between
the Cornwall Food Programme and the Soil Association is a
model for how things can be made to work on the ground. Together
we have succeeded in getting increasing amounts of fresh,
local and organic food from small-scale producers onto hospital
For further information contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations
Manager for the Objective One Partnership on 01872 223439
or email email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Fifteen Cornwall through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social
Fund (ESF), and in the NHS Food Programme through the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
The Cornwall NHS Food Programme is supported by all three
of Cornwall's health trusts – Cornwall Partnership
Trust, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and the Cornwall
and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust.
Soil Association Organic South West has received Objective
One EAGGF (European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund)
and is managed as a regional office of the Soil Association.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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