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5.05.06
Finishing touches to Fifteen Cornwall

The first batch of Fifteen Cornwall traineesThe finishing touches are being made to ensure all is ready for the grand opening of Cornwall's most eagerly awaited restaurant.

Fifteen Cornwall's 21 student chefs are now in place at the Watergate Bay restaurant, practising dishes with the team of professional chefs in the brand-new kitchens. Meanwhile, front-of-house staff have been polishing glasses and straightening cutlery so everything is perfect for the May 18 launch day when Jamie Oliver will join his team of recruits to cook a special charity lunch.

The restaurant, on the top floor of the Extreme Academy, has stunning views over the two mile beach and offers an exciting menu of modern Mediterranean dishes using high-quality, locally-sourced seasonal ingredients from land and sea. The restaurant also promises to be a visual treat with a reception desk carved from a 180 year–old beech trunk from the National Trust's Lanhydrock House near Bodmin and pink interior lighting.

Reservations have been rolling in for lunch and dinner which can be booked up to six months in advance. There are still opportunities to get a table and a special late-availability page will be added to the restaurant's website on May 19 to show when there are spaces in the next two weeks.

Places for breakfast and the early evening 'Kid's Hour' – between 5.30 and 6.30pm - cannot be booked and are offered on a first come first served basis.

Fifteen Cornwall General Manager Polly Dent said: "Our bookings team has been extremely busy and we are delighted with the level of interest so far. However, we are encouraging people wanting a reservation to phone or check online as we still have plenty of tables available. We hope our late-availability page will help people be able to snap up those last few precious seats for what we hope will be an unmissable dining experience."

The restaurant will be dedicated to the same inspirational social enterprise goals as set out by Jamie Oliver and his team at Fifteen in London. All profits will go to the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, whose purpose is to create fantastic career opportunities for disadvantaged local youngsters and help them to achieve their full potential. The restaurant will also provide a valuable boost to Cornwall's tourism industry and make use of the abundance of high quality local food producers in the region.

Director of Fifteen Cornwall Will Ashworth said: "We are all extremely excited that the restaurant is almost ready and can't wait to see the guests arrive and the feast begin! We are determined the restaurant will be a top quality destination producing well-trained, Cornish-grown chefs, attracting tourists and local people alike boosting the local economy."

The project has received more than £1 million in investment 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, Restormel Borough Council, St Austell Brewery, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank and The Hotel and Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay.

For further information please contact Helen Roberts, Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or email helen@dclark.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has also invested in the Fifteen Cornwall project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Editor's notes:

Helen Roberts, Deborah Clark & Associates Ltd
(PR on behalf of The Hotel and Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay)
Tel: 01872 276276
E-mail: helen@dclark.co.uk

Judi Blakeburn, Marketing Director
The Hotel & Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay
Tel: 01637 860543
E-mail: judi@watergatebay.co.uk
www.watergatebay.co.uk

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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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