Fifteen Melbourne

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Fifteen Melbourne
Industry Hospitality
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia (2006)
Key people
Tobie Puttock (Executive Head Chef)
Warren Flannigan (Head Chef)
Julian Lobb (Sous Chef)
Owner 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.

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 Fifteen ‘family'.


On 8 June 2008, the offices of Fifteen Melbourne was burned in a fire lit by its former manager, Kevin Stralow. Stralow caused over (AUD)$1 million of damage to the premises to hide thefts which funded a gambling habit.[1] In April 2011 he pled not guilty, but was found guilty by jury of "16 counts of theft and one count of arson", and in June 2011 was sentenced to 2.5 years jail.[2] 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.[3]

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  1. ^ Ross, Norri (13 April 2011), "Kevin Stralow, former manager of Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen, guilty of setting its offices on fire", Melbourne Herald Sun, retrieved 13 April 2011 
  2. ^ Anderson, Paul (3 June 2011). "Former manager of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen jailed for theft and arson". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Dubecki, Larissa (21 December 2010), "Fifteen cuts apron strings from Oliver", The Age, retrieved 22 December 2010 

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