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Because in food I trust. In all forms and shapes. 

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

When in 2002 Jamie Oliver began The Fifteen Apprentice project, where he trained disadvantaged youths from tough backgrounds to be chefs and then hired them to work in his kitchen, many were wondering what will come of it. 14 years later we have to admit the results are spectacular – fine chefs have been trained, many youngsters have been encouraged to believe in their abilities, they’ve learned so much that many chefs of the world could only dream about, and they’ve made so many fantastic meals that are truly memorable for those who have been lucky to have them. And how can you forget such an incredible gastronomic adventure where as amuse-bouche you’re served the most delicious and crunchy duck confit croquette, the entrée is a combination of seasonal grelot onions and burrata with smoked walnuts, then followed by mackerel with lemon zest and Granny Smith apples, and then you’re taken on a journey to the world of Italian pasta with agnolotti with truffle sauce, pumpkin and nettles, and then comes an oh so tender British duck breast accompanied by the creamiest celeriac purée I’ve ever had. Freshly baked sourdough bread with light and fluffy butter at the beginning, a chocolate and peanut dessert at the end, a mouthful of espresso along with homemade truffles, and it’s absolutely clear that this is a place to return to whenever in London – to enjoy vegetables from Jamie’s garden and produce from many British farms, with each owner known here and possibly even the name of each of their hens. This is an adventure opening up a new view of the world and flavours and making you appreciate great ideas and execution, lovely people and excellent flavours. 15 Westland Place, London; www.fifteen.net

Text: Signe Meirane
Photo: Armands Meirans

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