£1 million investment in Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate
Fifteen Cornwall is being created at the Extreme Academy
at Watergate Bay near Newquay. It will follow the format of
the original Fifteen restaurant in London. Every year 20 Cornish
students aged between 16 and 24 who have previously been unemployed
and come from disadvantaged backgrounds will have the opportunity
to train and work in the restaurant, supported by professional
chefs and college training. All the profits from the restaurant
will go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise to support the
training of the Fifteen Cornwall trainees.
The South West RDA and Objective One have today announced
a £1 million capital investment as part of a £1.11
million package to convert the top floor of the Extreme Academy
at Watergate Bay into Fifteen Cornwall in preparation for
its official opening in May next year. The investment will
create a dining experience on a par with some of the world's
top restaurants that will further enhance Cornwall's
reputation for culinary excellence.
Stephen Bohane, the RDA's head of operations in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly, said: "Fifteen Cornwall
is a hugely exciting development that will create a high quality
training restaurant to help young disadvantaged people in
Cornwall pursue a new career. It will promote Cornwall's
food and drink sector and boost the tourism economy, both
of which are priority areas for RDA investment."
Carleen Kelemen, Objective One Partnership director, said:
"Objective One welcomes this project as another
first for Cornwall. It will make a great contribution in supporting
the development of young people and highlighting the opportunities
available in the tourism catering sector, which plays such
a crucial role in our economy."
Will Ashworth, managing director of The Hotel & Extreme
Academy, Watergate Bay, said: "This investment will
allow Fifteen to recreate the model that has been so successful
in London right here on the beach in Cornwall so that we can
train the young chefs of the future."
The investment package announced today includes £545,430
from Objective One, £482,400 from the South West RDA,
subject to final contracts being signed. Additional funding
has come from Restormel Borough Council, Jobcentre Plus, the
Learning and Skills Council and the Cornwall Foundation of
Promise, which will operate the restaurant.
Annette Egerton, executive member for regeneration at Restormel
Borough Council, said: "Restormel have played a
pivotal role from the outset in attracting Fifteen to Cornwall
and the investment package announced today is part of our
commitment to bring the project to fruition. The project will
help young people not just in Restormel but throughout the
county and will further help to raise Cornwall's profile
as a destination renowned for fantastic food and overall a
super place to visit."
The Extreme Academy's top floor will be fully remodelled
from early January and is scheduled to open in May 2006 as
Fifteen Cornwall. It will include an enlarged restaurant and
kitchen area, private dining room, multi-purpose training
room, new stairways, a brand new interior and will create
62 new jobs.
Jamie Oliver and his team will create a menu that will focus
on the best of Cornwall's seasonal local produce. The
project is committed to reducing food miles and promoting
local and regional supply chains.
For more information please contact Jason Clark of Deborah
Clark & Associates Ltd on 01872 276276.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Fifteen Cornwall through the
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Fifteen Cornwall will be the third Fifteen restaurant. The
others, London (opened 2002) and Amsterdam (2004), have between
them graduated nearly 50 young chefs, part of a strategy to
grow Fifteen into a global social enterprise brand.
As with the original restaurant, Fifteen Cornwall will allocate
all profits to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, which in
turn will spend these funds on the training of disadvantaged
young people in the county.
Each Autumn a new intake of 20 trainees will be taken on
by Fifteen Cornwall to start their training at Cornwall College
and work at the restaurant in Watergate Bay. Their training
will include 12 weeks of full-time education, four weeks of
work placement with college monitoring and assessment, and
50 weeks of work-based training at Fifteen Cornwall, supported
by professional chefs to offer one-to-one training and support.
The deadline for applications was Wednesday of last week
and they will be assessed in the coming weeks.
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