A drive to raise £10,000 (€11,993) for staff who have lost their jobs following the closure of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen in Cornwall has launched.
The demise of Fifteen Cornwall, which for the past 14 years has trained unemployed people to work as chefs, was unexpected, despite the widely publicised struggles of Oliver’s restaurant empire.
That’s because Fifteen Cornwall, in Watergate Bay, used Oliver’s name under licence and was run separately by the Cornwall Food Foundation charitable trust.
The directors of the trust said they were “deeply saddened” to take the move to cease trading of the restaurant and charity following an independent financial review.
Around 100 people are thought to have lost their jobs and the trust said it was doing its “utmost” to find a way to support the people it worked within, including those on the Fifteen training programme.
Matthew Thomson, Cornwall Food Foundation chief executive, said: “This is an incredibly sad day for everyone and we will try our best to support those who have been impacted. I am profoundly sorry for the hurt, loss and distress this announcement will undoubtedly cause.
“We are extremely grateful to all our loyal customers and amazing suppliers and to the partners, staff and trainees that have made Fifteen Cornwall and the Cornwall Food Foundation so special for almost 14 years.”