‘Fifteen Cornwall’ is going to be created at the Extreme Academy, Watergate Bay near Newquay and has been welcomed by tourism, regeneration and educational leaders throughout the county.
The Extreme Academy’s Beach Hut Bistro, already identified by The Observer Food Monthly as one of the 'must do' restaurants in the world, will be fully remodelled and is scheduled to open in May 2006 as Fifteen Cornwall. Following the format of Jamie Oliver’s original Fifteen restaurant in London, Fifteen Cornwall will sit alongside sister restaurants in London and Amsterdam.
The purpose of Fifteen is to inspire disadvantaged young people to believe that they can create for themselves a career in the restaurant business. Fifteen Cornish students between the ages of 16-24, all of whom will have been previously unemployed and from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to train and work in a restaurant, supported by professional chefs and college training.
It is almost three years since Channel Four's show, 'Jamie's Kitchen' followed the trials and tribulations of Jamie's attempts to open a restaurant and create chances for young people. Fifteen London is now supporting its fourth group of young people - all of them unemployed when recruited, many of them homeless or in care, others living with learning difficulties.
Established as a social enterprise, all profits from the Fifteen restaurants go to the Fifteen Foundation, which provides these young people with the working environment in which to expand their knowledge and practical experience. In Cornwall all profits from Fifteen Cornwall will go to The Cornwall Foundation of Promise.
Importantly, as well as their focus on training and developing 15 students into their new careers, Fifteen is committed to using only the very best quality produce. Trainees are taken on field trips to learn more about where the produce they cook with comes from, and it is hoped that Cornwall’s wonderful local produce will also benefit from the arrival of Fifteen in the county.
Support for bringing Fifteen to Cornwall came from a proactive public sector, and a comprehensive presentation was put together and taken to the Fifteen Foundation, finding favour with the team of professionals on its Board in London.
Listen to the interview with Tony Elvin the training and development manager for Fifteen by BBC Radio Cornwall reporter Matt Pengelly:
Will Ashworth, director of the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay is particularly pleased with the announcement.
"There are a lot of exciting opportunities in catering and hospitality in Cornwall, but I think many young people are failing to connect with what this could mean for them – good jobs which are part of our economic revival and which can be really creative and interesting too. The inspiration from Fifteen will help us make those connections."
Now that it has been announced that there will be the opportunity for 15 young people in Cornwall to be part of a world class hospitality operation offering a unique training opportunity it is anticipated that there will be strong interest from people wanting to be part of this exciting new venture.
How to be a part of Fifteen Cornwall?
The website contains information about job opportunities, eligibility criteria and a downloadable application form. The recruitment process will be starting in the autumn, check out how you can be a part of it by logging onto the website: