A Clonmelman who works as Chef de Partie at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant/foundation in Cornwall was honoured by students who voted him Best Tutor of the Year at a ceremony in Truro Cathedral last month.
The ceremony was attended by 500 guests and Barry Horne received his award from Jamie Oliver, the world famous celebrity chef who it was announced last week is to open his first Irish restaurant at the Dundrum shopping centre in Dublin.
27 year-old Barry, the son of Veronica and Ken Horne, Old Bridge, and brother of Tony Horne studied culinary arts at Waterford IT, where he graduated with distinction. A past pupil of Clonmel High School, he worked at Lily Mai’s Dove Hill restaurant at Carrick-on-Suir, Chez Hans in Cashel and La Boheme in Waterford.
He was then accepted by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen foundation in Cornwall in October 2010 as Chef de Partie and moved to Cornwall with his partner Sinead Stoneman and sons Jake and Oliver Horne.
The concept of Fifteen can be traced back 10 years, when Jamie Oliver came up with the idea of giving a second chance to young people interested in the catering industry, no matter what their circumstances. Fifteen opened its first restaurant/work placement in London before extending to Cornwall seven years ago.
The foundation accepts a large group of students, up to 200, gives them a college education for 9 months and then takes the top group into the kitchens at Fifteen for practical work. The idea is to graduate at least 15 students every year - hence the name - and to place them in working kitchens on a full-time basis. So far the success rate has been phenomenal, with most students staying and excelling in their trade.
As well as serving as chef de partie (also known as a station chef or line cook in charge of a particular area of production), Barry Horne is responsible for tutoring some of the students.
Culinary skills run in Barry’s family as his late grandfather, Jim ‘Chef’ Nolan from Dillon Street, Clonmel, who died in 1984, was the head chef in Hearns Hotel in the 1960s and 70s.