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REGIOSTARS 2014 - Fifteen Cornwall: Launching a new life in the kitchen

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A passion for cooking is transforming young lives in one of the poorest parts of England. Inspired by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Fifteen Cornwall is more than a restaurant but a social enterprise which offers a chance to disadvantaged unemployed 16-to 24-year olds the opportunity to train as chefs. This ground-breaking initiative has trained almost 130 young people, many of whom are dealing with serious challenges such as criminal records, substance misuse, mental illness or disability. 89 of them have graduated as chefs and more than 90% are still in employment. Each year, the project invests around €1.2 million back into the local economy, creating jobs for the region’s vital tourist sector.

  • Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, UK
  • Total budget: €5 882 000
  • ERDF/ESF funding: €2 537 000
  • Financing period: May 2006 – April 2015

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