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Cornwall restaurant to get kitchen refit

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Fifteen Cornwall has been given a £400,000 investment to improve its restaurant and kitchen area, with catering equipment suppliers expected to help the establishment throughout the refurbishment process.

The Jamie Oliver-inspired initiative, which is funded by the Cornwall Development Company and the county's Regional Growth Fund, will close in January for the redevelopment, which is expected to take around a month to complete.

Matthew Thomson, chief executive of the restaurant and its charity, the Cornwall Foundation of Promise, told the Western Morning News the establishment hopes to build on what has been an impressive performance over the last six years.

"The restaurant has served breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week every week for six years - more than 400,000 meals," he declared.

Part of the transformation process will be replacing a great deal of kitchen equipment with more modern models in a bid to improve the range of food offered and help reduce carbon emissions.

Other changes are also planned, with the sophisticated new interior to include a stylish antipasti bar where consumers can enjoy a traditional Italian starter along with a beer or a glass of wine.

"It's an absolutely massive step for us to close for three weeks, but we know we'll be opening in February with a stunning new interior and a mouth-watering kitchen," Mr Thomson added.

The new site will take advantage of its impressive location to "offer new and amazing dining experiences", the chief executive concluded.

Fifteen Cornwall is a social enterprise project founded by Jamie Oliver, which takes on a group of 16-24 year olds each year in a bid to teach them the skills required to succeed in a busy kitchen environment.

Focusing on children from disadvantaged backgrounds, it hopes to foster a sense of passion for the catering and hospitality industry.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801506374-ADNFCR

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