At the Cornwall Food Foundation, we know that food has the power to create transformational change in people’s lives and their communities.
We use food to inspire people from all walks of life and empower them to unlock their potential – gaining knowledge, confidence and new employment opportunities.
We do this through engaging training, interactive community food projects and inspiring employment opportunities. In doing so, we are not only improving the lives of individuals across Cornwall, but adding real value to the economy in the form of skilled and enthusiastic staff, strong networks and sustainable food production.
Matthew Thomson, CEO of Cornwall Food Foundation and Fifteen Cornwall
Cornwall Food Foundation started with the creation of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall. Following the success of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen London, the mission began to bring the concept to Cornwall – one of the most deprived areas in the UK, despite being a popular holiday destination.
Backed by Restormel Council and the Watergate Bay Hotel, a stunning restaurant was created overlooking Cornwall’s dramatic North Coast. The team then had to take on the huge challenge of recruiting the first cohort of apprentice chefs. It was no easy task, as more than 300 people applied for just 21 places.
After hundreds of interviews, an intense boot camp and four months studying at Cornwall College for an NVQ in catering, we had our inaugural group. Job done.
In May 2006, Fifteen Cornwall opened its doors to the public to critical acclaim. Twelve years on, more than 180 apprentices have graduated from Fifteen Cornwall and 80% are still cheffing today.
Since then, Cornwall Food Foundation has taken its award-winning formula into the wider community, creating engaging programmes and experiences to help people make meaningful changes in their lives.
Whether you want to learn more skills and progress towards work, or if you want help on how to make your business a brilliant place to work, we have activities for you.
Supporting the Cornwall Food Foundation is as easy as pie… or pasta!
All of the profits from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall go to the charity, so by treating yourself to an amazing meal by our Fifteen Apprentices, you can also help support activities all over Cornwall.
Overlooking the beach with exceptional views across Watergate Bay, our restaurant offers a unique blend of Italian influenced food, knowledgeable, friendly service and an inspiring commitment to making a difference in young people’s lives.
Head Chef Adam Banks works closely with our trusted local suppliers whose passion and dedication to growing and rearing high-quality produce is celebrated in the innovative dishes he creates.
Since his arrival in May 2017, Adam’s considered approach to cooking and nose to tail ethos has been inspiring our chefs to make the most of this produce, whilst encouraging them to extend the seasons by fermenting, pickling, preserving and clever use of every edible part of our beautiful ingredients.