Jamie Oliver has been in the Duchy today (May 16), joining in with the celebrations of Fifteen Cornwall’s tenth anniversary.

The occasion also marked the graduation of Fifteen’s tenth cohort of apprentice chefs – with 11 graduating today as fully qualified chefs.

In the last ten years, Fifteen Cornwall has transformed the lives of 112 young people in Cornwall who were in need of a second chance, becoming chefs of the future.  In addition to this, over £20 million has been generated for the Cornish economy and over 750,000 diners have been served.

Jamie Oliver said: “It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years since I came down to Watergate Bay and started the Fifteen Cornwall restaurant and apprentice programme.

“It’s been one hell of a ride, but it absolutely remains one of the things I’m most proud of. You’ve produced chefs and chefs and more chefs, and you’re still knocking out incredible food day in, day out, year after year. Thank you to everyone in the Fifteen Cornwall team as well as all our wonderful friends and supporters who’ve helped us along the way.”

Fifteen Cornwall chief executive, Matthew Thomson, added: “Our congratulations go to all 11 graduates. Their hard work and commitment has enabled us to give them the opportunity to transform their lives and launch lifetime careers in food. We wish them all the very best for successful futures.

“2016 is a very special year for Fifteen Cornwall – marking ten years since we started out on this incredible journey. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of our story to date – staff, suppliers, apprentices and diners. Here’s to the next ten years!”