Hello, Neil here!
Jo’s been hassling me for an update on my recent trips to London and Amsterdam, so I thought it easier just to come on here and blog about it direct. I’ll pop in from time to time with updates, but things are so hectic at the moment and are just going to get busier as summer draws closer!
OK, so as you know I˙ve been out and about a bit throughout March. I attended the first of our quarterly chef meetings recently. This is where all the Executive Chefs of all four Fifteens meet up to discuss each restaurant and the training programme.
This time it was the turn of Fifteen London to host the meeting which happened to coincide with the IFE (International Food Exhibition) so it was a great excuse to go over and see what is happening on the world food scene.
We met up with our Italian charcuterie and cheese supplier Fabio of La Credenza who had the producer of San Daniele ham and the man who brines our olives from Puglia with him. We have arranged to go and see the olive man in the autumn when we have our annual sourcing trip to Italy which will be great. Of course we also got to taste all of Fabio˙s new products that he is bringing over.
After London, I returned to Cornwall for a couple of days and was off again, this time to Amsterdam. Myself and Dave took our cohort 3 apprentice Kieran over to his work placement to Restaurant Toscanini. This is a fabulous Italian restaurant co-owned by an Italian, Dutch, South African chef, Leonardo who I met last year on a previous trip. We ate there and I just love his food philosophy and the similarities between Toscanini and Fifteen. This is the most amazing opportunity for Kieran to work abroad and expand on what he has already learnt at Fifteen Cornwall. He will do well and I˙m so jealous of the time he will spend at there. I can˙t wait for his return at the end of April to hear all about his experience.
I’m off now, but look forward to blogging again soon.