Jamie Oliver last week announced plans to open a third Fifteen-style restaurant in Australia. Oliver said his team were looking at sites down under and anticipated a new operation opening there later this year. He said the Australian government was already offering financial and housing support to the plans.
|Oliver, Fifteen students and Mike Humphries of Barclays in the new suite|
Oliver opened Bambino, his second Fifteen-style training restaurant, in Amsterdam last month. It's now helping 18 trainees learn the relevant skills to follow in Oliver's footsteps.
Fifteen was established in 2002 by Oliver to provide opportunities for unemployed young people living in London to benefit from professional training and practical experience in the catering industry. Twenty students are selected each to year to undertake an intensive training scheme at the restaurant.
Last week the Fifteen Foundation (formerly Cheeky Chops) launched an IT suite for students at the London restaurant. Barclays Bank donated £30,000 to help fund the suite, which will give students access to e-mail and online learning facilities.
Source: Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, 20 January 2005