A Life-Changing Restaurant
Sixteen years ago I walked though the doors of Fifteen and the course of my life changed. I was given a place on fifteen program – a chance to cook and learn from chefs who cared so much and showed us the magic of food. A nurturing kitchen that suited me and was so different to the macho kitchens I knew I’d never fit into.
Without this place I’m pretty sure there would be no cookbooks and I wouldn’t have the absolute privilege of doing a job I love with all my heart. And this story is repeated for countless fifteen graduates. I was given a golden ticket that day and an education in cooking that I could never have dreamed of.
To this day walking through the doors of Fifteen feels like coming home, I’ll miss that and my heart goes out to all the people who have lost their jobs. Jamie, you and the incredible changemakers of Fifteen shifted peoples lives, it helped take kitchen culture out of the dark ages. This was not just a restaurant, it has smashed the ceiling of what it set out to do. I am honoured to have been a tiny little part of it. Thank you Jamie and every person far to many to name who gave their heart to fifteen.
Read more: OFM article