The latest batch of apprentice chefs has graduated from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall training programme, run by the Cornwall Food Foundation.
Some 200 guests gathered at Fifteen last night (April 29) to celebrate the culmination of a 16-month intensive programme where young people aged 16-24 who were not in education, employment or training, learned to become professional chefs.
Hosted by Jamie Oliver’s own mentor, Gennaro Contaldo, the graduation recognised all six apprentices, showing short clips from specially commissioned films highlighting their experiences of the programme, along with words of encouragement from the Fifteen Cornwall team.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Apprentice of the Year Award given to Jordan George of Penzance and the Personal Development Award given to Chris Emmins of Bodmin.
Commenting on the achievements of the latest cohort, CEO Matthew Thomson said: “In at the deep end like never before then, these latest Fifteen grads deserve special praise and recognition for completing a huge journey – it’s been a tough and uncompromising year. This makes the achievements of those who have stayed the course all the more worthwhile.”