Fifteen Cornwall opens doors
students are trained, the food is delivered, the decoration
is complete and the scene is set as the eagerly-awaited Fifteen
Cornwall restaurant opens its doors for the very first time.
The restaurant, in Watergate Bay, 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.
Pictured with Jamie Oliver (centre) at the opening of
Fifteen Cornwall are (left to right): Gareth Pinwell (Chief
Executive of Restormel Borough Council), Cllr Annette Egerton
(Restormel Borough Council), Cllr Terry Lello (Cornwall County
Council) and Mark Yeoman (Deputy Director of the Objective
Jamie Oliver joined his team of recruits for the opening
as they prepared a treat for 126 people at a special launch-day
lunch on May 18th. Speaking on launch day Jamie Oliver said:
"This is all about working with local young people
who have had some terrible times in their past by training
them and developing their confidence to give them the skills
to stand tall and be proud in what they are doing. It's
all about helping them realise they can be excellent at something.
What's at the heart of Fifteen is looking after local
kids and believing in them. I have never seen a better seaside
setting for a restaurant - I am well chuffed!"
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.
Foundation director, Mark Scothern said: "Although
our work has been going on for some months now, it is exciting
to see all the training and preparation coming together. There
are so many great aspects to this venture that will provide
awesome opportunities for everyone involved, particularly
young adults from communities in Cornwall that want chances
to develop and improve their quality of life. The Fifteen
partnership is built around a set of shared values which include
ambition, energy, transformation, enterprise and compassion
- a set of values which are very close to my heart. It has
been great to see these fantastic young people develop, they
have come so far already."
Director of Fifteen Cornwall, Will Ashworth said: "This
restaurant promises to be a lasting legacy for Cornwall that
will not only benefit the young people involved but will also
boost the local economy and put Cornwall on an international
stage as an exciting place where great things are happening.
We are determined the restaurant will be a top quality eating
establishment producing well-trained, Cornish-grown chefs."
The 21 student chefs have undergone a 12-week intensive
training course at Cornwall College to gain their initial
catering qualifications followed by month-long placements
at restaurants across Cornwall. The trainees were picked from
some 300 applicants at the end of last year. They will now
all work at Fifteen Cornwall for 12 months.
Head chef Neil Haydock, said: "We're all
itching to crack on with the great young people and fantastic
fresh local food to show everyone what we can do. We've
got magnificent facilities and a top-quality kitchen which
is all open-plan so we really feel part of the restaurant
and not hidden away in the back."
The restaurant has been designed by Falmouth-based company
Absolute Design and includes a reception desk carved from
a 200 year old beech trunk from the National Trust's
Lanhydrock House near Bodmin, pink exterior lighting, an edgy
mix of fine art and graffiti, reclaimed walnut timber and
liquid drop-shaped light installations.
The project has received more than £1 million investment
from Objective One and the South West of England 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 restaurant reservations and menu information
or call 01637 861000 (lines open between 9.30am and 8.30pm
seven days a week).
For further information please contact Helen Roberts of Deborah
Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Fifteen Cornwall project
through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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