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Fifteen Cornwall founded by Jamie Oliver announces sudden closure with 100 job losses

Jamie Oliver founded the charity run restaurant. Credit: ITV West Country

The charity run restaurant founded by Jamie Oliver Fifteen Cornwall has announced its sudden closure just 8 months after confirming it will stay open.

It is reported that the closure of both the restaurant and the Cornwall Food Foundation charity will affect about 100 staff.

In May of this year the restaurant made assurances that it would remain open despite the celebrity chef's restaurant empire going into administration.

Chefs and waiting staff at the restaurant were told the news this afternoon. With just two weeks until Christmas, the announcement will come as a blow to both employees and customers who had bookings over the Christmas period.

The restaurant overlooked Watergate Bay beach near Newquay. Credit: ITV West Country

It will also be a disappointment to young people in Cornwall who find it hard to break into the restaurant industry or struggle to find work.

The Newquay restaurant has previously said that two-thirds of its trained apprentices are still working in the restaurant trade. On a yearly basis it trained six to 10 young unemployed people in its kitchens.

Despite using the celebrity chef's name, it's owned by a charitable trust and trained disadvantaged young people to run the kitchen.

It's also expected to affect local suppliers as it served largely locally sourced seasonal food.

It is reported that 100 jobs will be lost, 70 at the restaurant and 30 at the Cornwall Food Foundation. Credit: ITV West Country

Fifteen Cornwall launched 13 years ago and had previously survived the difficulties of Jamie Oliver's wider business due to it being a separate business with all profits going back into the charity.

It was earlier this year that Jamie Oliver's restaurant group went into administration. Credit: ITV West Country

Just a few weeks ago the restaurant held a recruitment day.

The training programme was created to give young people the opportunity to gain qualifications in food and the ability to start a career in the food industry whatever background they come from.

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In its statement the restaurant confirmed that all future bookings have been cancelled with immediate effect. For those who have paid deposits or own gift cards find out what to do here.

The restaurant served largely locally sourced and seasonal food. Credit: ITV West Country

The board of directors for Fifteen Cornwall and the trustees of Cornwall Food Foundation are deeply saddened to announce that, following an independent financial review, both the restaurant and charity will cease trading today with immediate effect. The boards have taken the necessary steps towards liquidating both companies and our nominated liquidators will communicate with creditors and all affected parties as soon as possible.

As a charity and social enterprise restaurant we have welfare and safeguarding responsibilities which we are doing our utmost to resolve. We are talking with partners to find a way for the support for people we work with to continue, including those on the Fifteen training programme and Food for Change.

– Cornwall Food Foundation

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.

– Matthew Thomson, Cornwall Food Foundation, Chief Executive