In 2002, Jamie Oliver combined two ambitions: to open a top class restaurant and to give disadvantaged youngsters the chance to gain professional training that would set them up for an independent, inspired and productive life. In 2012 Fifteen is still achieving both, improving and expanding all the time.
Jamie Grainger-Smith was responsible for the strategic direction, project management and implementation of the Fifteen Restaurant concept, including finding the restaurant location, working closely with Jamie Oliver on the ethos, interior/ergonomic design, staff recruitment and training through to the successful grand launch in 2002, he then went on to successful managed the business for a further 3 years.
This social enterprise has entertained hundreds of thousands of people who have loved the restaurant’s fantastic food; their custom and support has directly helped transform the lives of apprentices.
The Jamie Oliver Foundation exists to inspire disadvantaged young people - homeless, unemployed, overcoming drug or alcohol problems - to believe that they can create for themselves great careers in the restaurant industry.
The Foundation is also driving forward the dream of building Fifteen into a global social enterprise brand which inspires young people all over the world. Fifteen Amsterdam opened in December 2004, Fifteen Cornwall in May 2006, Fifteen Melbourne in September 2006, and Fifteen Leeds in 2009. Fifteen are now actively exploring exciting possibilities in other parts the world.
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