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Head of Fifteen Cornwall 'to go on'

THE head of a restaurant in south-west England set up by Jamie Oliver to train unemployed young people as chefs vowed on Tuesday to "keep the light burning" after the celebrity chef's restaurant chain went into administration.

Head of Fifteen Cornwall 'to go on'

Fifteen Cornwall is a social enterprise, a business that seeks to do good, and operates under a franchise, meaning it is not part of the chain now in administration.

Its chief executive Matthew Thomson described the closure of a number of restaurants with the loss of 1,000 jobs as a "tragedy" and said it was a "very, very challenging time" for the industry.

"Jamie is still doing some fantastic work and it is a real tragedy to hear about his restaurants today. We are committed to his vision still operating the same model he gave us, 13 years ago," he said.

The venture was set up in 2006, four years after Mr Oliver founded his first restaurant, Fifteen London, with a high-profile TV documentary charting the highs and lows of the endeavour.

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