Feelgood Fifteen restaurant in Hoxton to reopen

JAMIE OLIVER’S flagship restaurant, Fifteen, above, near Old street Roundabout in Hoxton, is to reopen, filling the gap left by its refurbishment period and the collapse of the nearby Hoxton Apprentice training restaurant last December 2012.

The TV chef and healthy-eating campaigner has recruited Jon Rotheram, a sous chef at Fergus Henderson’s St John Hotel in Soho WC2H 7BL, to lead Fifteen’s under-privileged kitchen apprentices.

The not-for-profit training enterprise will open its doors to the public at the end of this month, April 2013, just over 10 years since Oliver started it. Rotheram, as executive chef, will devise seasonal menus using British ingredients.

Oliver says he loved Rotheram’s cooking at the St John Hotel, “but now he’s running the kitchen at Fifteen he’s free to let his own style come through”. All the dishes would be “produce-driven and great value”.

Oliver adds: “Fifteen embraces a lot of things I really feel passionate about and remains the beating heart of what we do. It was the first of its kind — a non-profit making restaurant giving young kids the chance of a decent future.”

A TV series, Jamie’s Kitchen, showed Oliver’s struggles to open Fifteen on time, on budget and with the first 15 apprentices trained. A decade on, more than 120 youngsters have completed the scheme, 80 per cent of them working in catering.

Hamish Scott

* Fifteen, 15 Westland Place, Hoxton N1 7LP. The restaurant website will give opening details nearer the time.

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