Fifteen’s Cohort 13 Apprentices go from the kitchen to the countryside

Fifteen’s Cohort 13 Apprentices go from the kitchen to the countryside

Last week we were fortunate to have Cohort 13 Apprentices from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, visit us at Westnorth Manor Farm to learn everything there is to know about cider making with an exclusive tour and cider tasting experience led by Head Cider Maker Chris Newton and General Manager Patrick Gardner.

On Friday 2nd November, we invited Fifteen’s Cohort 13 Apprentices (along with their bar and front of house team, their Training and Development Chef Karl and Welfare Officer Charlotte) for an exclusive guided tour around our farm and cider making facilities in Duloe. The tour concluded with a cider tasting and food pairing session held in our brand new tap room.

Fifteen Cornwall is located overlooking Watergate Bay in Newquay. Their iconic restaurant offers a unique blend of Italian influenced cuisine cooked up by a team led by Head Chef Adam Banks, who works very closely with trusted local suppliers in and around Cornwall whose passion and dedication shines through in the innovative dishes he creates. All proceeds from Fifteen Cornwall go to its registered charity, Cornwall Food Foundation and together they manage Jamie Oliver’s award-winning Apprentice Programme.

It was great having the Fifteen Cornwall team here with us at the farm gave us the opportunity to pass on the passion and expertise as well as giving the Cohort 13 Apprentices first-hand experience of the processes used in developing our products and finding out why certain foods match better with different ciders aiding the development of their food and drink knowledge.

We started the tour off walking through our 140 acres of countryside where the Fifteen team were able to learn about the farms history and see the vast collection of apple varieties we grow in our Orchards that are used in the production of our ciders and juices, of which we have one of the largest collections of Cornish apple varieties in the UK. They even got to taste some raw cider apples straight from the trees. We took the Fifteen Cornwall team around the apple bays, the pressing facilities, the cider tanks and the packaging hall where they were able to see every step of the process we take in making our premium cider and the careful detail that goes into every step.

The tour concluded with a cider tasting and food pairing session which allowed Chris and Patrick to demonstrate flavours and tastes, really putting their expertise to the test. The Fifteen team chose a  selection of meats, cheeses, bread and fruits. One clear favourite was the Blue Goats Cheese which paired perfectly with the Cornish Orchards Heritage Cider due to the levels of acidity in the cheese. The pumpkin bread, however, was a bit more of a challenge for the team.

Thank you to the Fifteen Cornwall team for taking the time out of the kitchen to visit us, and we hope that it helped enlighten you to the true taste of nature.




8th November 2018

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