Fifteen Melbourne

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Fifteen Melbourne
Type Private
Industry Hospitality
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia (2006)
Key people Tobie Puttock (Executive Head Chef)
Warren Flannigan (Head Chef)
Julian Lobb (Sous Chef)
Owners Adam Garrisson and Tobie Puttock


Fifteen restaurant and its associated charity was a concept originally created by British chef Jamie Oliver in London in 2002 when he realised he could use his skills and energy to offer disadvantaged and marginalised young people with tough backgrounds an opportunity to train to be chefs.

Jamie Oliver founded the original Fifteen restaurant in London and put young people at its heart. Since 2002 two further restaurants opened in Amsterdam and Cornwall. Melbourne, Australia was the fourth restaurant in the growing Fifteen ‘family'.

On 6 June 2008, the offices of Fifteen Melbourne was burned in a fire lit by its former manager Kevin Stralow.[1] Stralow caused over (AUD)$1 million of damage to the premises to hide thefts which funded a gambling habit. He was found guilty and is currently awaiting sentence.

It reopened as The Kitchen Cat in January 2011. Its role as a commercial restaurant that trains disadvantaged youth will remain, but the newly coined Stepping Stone Foundation - formerly Fifteen Foundation (Australia) - will involve other Melbourne restaurants.[2]


  1. ^ Ross, Norri (2010-04-13), "Kevin Stralow, former manager of Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen, guilty of setting its offices on fire", Melbourne Herald Sun, retrieved 2011-04-13 
  2. ^ Dubecki, Larissa (2010-12-21), "Fifteen cuts apron strings from Oliver", The Age, retrieved 2011-02-22 

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Coordinates: 37°48′53″S 144°58′12″E / 37.81472°S 144.97000°E / -37.81472; 144.97000