We also use graduation to celebrate some of the other people who help the apprentices to achieve their goals or support the programme as a whole and this year the ‘True Believer’ award was given to RAF 505 Wessex Squadron who help us in our initial selection process by running team building exercises and putting the applicants through their paces at RAF St Mawgan.
The ‘Most Inspirational Chef’ was voted for by Cohort 11 and was awarded to Andrew Basso, a graduate of Cohort 2 who returned to Fifteen as a CDP after some time working in the Isles of Scilly and is now a Senior CDP.
‘The One That Really Gets It’ award is voted for by the staff at Fifteen and was awarded to Charlotte Trevenna, our Welfare and Support worker who takes care of the apprentices and helps them to overcome their barriers to progression. Charlotte started as a waitress at Fifteen when we opened in 2006, left to train as a social worker and has returned to work with us, as she is so passionate about what we do.
Over the last 11 years, we have graduated 119 chefs through the apprentice programme. Many of whom have gone on to have successful careers or opened up their own businesses. One of these, Katie Gillmon from Cohort 5 was awarded the ‘Progression Award’ which recognises the outstanding career and professional achievements of someone who was once a Fifteen Cornwall apprentice. Since graduating in 2011, Katie has held various kitchen roles including head chef in three different establishments. Katie opened her own cafe just over a year ago, the Wood and Green Cafe in Wadebridge, where she serves dishes with a global influence whilst embracing her love for local, seasonal produce.