Following the success of Jersey’s collaboration with Jamie Oliver-founded restaurant Fifteen for a month-long partnership last year, the venture is set to continue again this May.

The high-profile London restaurant will be dishing up the Island’s fantastic fresh produce – sourced from members of the Genuine Jersey Products Association – as part of its lunch and dinner menus.

For an entire month, the menu at Fifteen restaurant is set to include Jersey-sourced crab, Jersey Royal potatoes, fish, Jersey cream, butter and crème fraiche, asparagus, salads and possibly Jersey black butter.

What makes this year’s partnership special is that Fifteen’s current group of apprentice chefs will be heading to Jersey on a sourcing trip to learn first hand more about the provenance of the food on 31 March and 1 April.

On the evening of the 31st, a group of Fifteen apprentices will be competing in a cook off with catering students from Highlands College. The winners of the competition will be given the opportunity to do a work exchange programme this summer – two Fifteen apprentices will be offered the chance to work in Jersey restaurants and likewise two Highlands students are being offered the chance to work at Fifteen.

The apprentices’ itinerary includes some of the culinary delights Genuine Jersey members have to offer:

 
  • Lifting this season’s Jersey Royal potatoes
  • Tour of the Jersey Oyster Company’s oyster and mussel beds in the Royal Bay of Grouville, escorted by Steve Luce and Chris Le Masurier                               
  • Visiting Richard Le Boutilier’s dairy farm to see Jersey cows milked and the processes to make various dairy products
  • Meeting mushroom producer Jamie Racjan at Funji Delecti
  • Fifteen’s Head barman Alex Thorp will be visiting La Robeline Cider Company and the Jersey Brewery for tours and tastings.
  • See the home of the Island’s commercial fishing fleet on the Victoria Pier

Andrew Parkinson, Executive Head Chef at Fifteen, says: “Jersey produce proved itself as a real winner at Fifteen last year and we are looking forward to supporting our partnership with the Island again. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the apprentices to see first hand the passion and dedication that goes into the producing the wonderful food that Jersey has to offer.”

John Garton Chief Executive of Genuine Jersey says: “Fifteen’s enthusiasm for local seasonal crops is a fantastic endorsement for Island producers and the high quality of their produce. What makes Fifteen’s support even more encouraging is the opportunity for their apprentices and the Island’s catering students, the chefs of the future, to learn and work together.”

The Jersey Hospitality Association is sponsoring the work experience at Fifteen for two Highlands catering students. The President, Robert Jones, said they were delighted to support and nurture young local talent and to raise Jersey's profile on the national catering scene.

‘Exposing young talented Jersey chefs in this way will allow them to compare their talents with their counterparts in London and shows initiative and entrepreneurship by these young people to gain experience working in a different  environment. It also demonstrates our faith in the future of Jersey's hospitality and tourism industry. As well as investing in youth, it builds on Jersey’s reputation as a great food and holiday destination for visitors and undoubtedly will strengthen Jersey's ongoing business links with the UK,’ he said.

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Notes to Editors:
Your contact at Genuine Jersey in the Chief Executive, John Garton, on 448114 or email john.garton@jersey.com
To interview any of the Fifteen staff or apprentices then please contact. Wendy Richmond, Communications Manager, Fifteen on 07866 263242

About Fifteen London
Fifteen’s purpose is two-fold: firstly to offer young people, often in need of a break in life, the experience of learning to work in the restaurant business and secondly, for our customers to enjoy fantastic food and knowledgeable customer service.
The restaurant is the trading arm of a registered charity, The Jamie Oliver Foundation (no.1094536), and the profits go towards the apprenticeship scheme. Now in its eighth year of operation, the London business has expanded with the addition of Fifteen Amsterdam, Cornwall and Melbourne.
In London alone, Fifteen has recruited 141 young people and seen more than 82 apprentices graduate. Many of them are now working full time in some of the world's best restaurants.
To book a table please contact 020 3375 1515 or visit www.fifteen.net.

About Genuine Jersey Products Association
The Genuine Jersey Products Association is a non-profit making association which raises the awareness of goods that are produced in Jersey. www.genuinejersey.com