Apprentices


The apprentice chefs are the beating heart of Fifteen Cornwall. Every young person who joins the programme has at least one thing in common, potential.

The Apprentice Programme, now in its 11th year, consists of 3 months full-time training at Cornwall College, 4 weeks work experience in high quality kitchens and one year in the Fifteen Cornwall kitchen. Key to its success is a unique welfare support programme that helps young people access the programme, stay on board and overcome any personal barriers.

Candidates must live in Cornwall; must be between 16 and 24; and must not be in employment, education or training. This year’s graduates bring to 180-plus the number of young chefs the foundation and Fifteen have successfully trained. Some have found other jobs, usually in catering, but over 80% are still cheffing, many in prestigious establishments.

• 184 apprentices have been recruited to our kitchen
• 112 Chefs have completed the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme
• 91% of graduates remain employed
• 80% are still working as chefs

All the profits from our restaurant Fifteen Cornwall are given to our charity, Cornwall Food Foundation. The charity is responsible for the Fifteen Cornwall Apprentice Programme, The Fifteen Cornwall Schools Programme and FoodWorks its community outreach programme.