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1 April 2014

European award for Jamie Oliverís Fifteen Cornwall

Many people visit Cornwall cottages and enjoy the array of wonderful restaurants that are on offer in the region. One of those restaurants is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant at The Watergate Bay has just won a top award at a Europe-wide celebration held in Brussels last night.

The Watergate Bay restaurant was good enough to beat four other finalists at the RegioStars 2014 in the Inclusive Growth: Creating Jobs for the Young Generation category.

The annual awards, run by the European Commission, aim to show recognition for good practices in regional development and to highlight original and pioneering projects which could be inspirational to other regions.

After being shortlisted, representatives from Fifteen travelled over to Brussels in October last year to present the project to judges.

Launched in May 2006, Fifteen Cornwall aims to ‘inspire via food’ and offers the chance for disadvantaged young people to transform their lives by learning to becoming chefs.

It is run by charity the Cornwall Food Foundation and seen more than 140 apprentices enrolled in during the past eight years, with 80% still cooking to this day. The Fifteen Cornwall Apprenticeship Programme is about to begin training its ninth group of future chefs.

Fifteen has also created 80 jobs in addition to the apprenticeships so far completed and ploughs £1 million a year into the local economy through its 70% local sourcing policy.

The restaurant – which uses Jamie Oliver’s international Fifteen brand – was originally set up using European Social and European Regional Development Fund investment.

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