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Jamie Oliver’s former Head Chef helps students create pop up restaurant in Ashburton

PUBLISHED: 16:26 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 01 April 2015

Gin cured salmon and beetroot carpaccio starters made by Sands students for their pop up restaurant

Gin cured salmon and beetroot carpaccio starters made by Sands students for their pop up restaurant


After a chance meeting at a festival, the former Head Chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Project in London has been helping teenagers at Sands School in Ashburton to create a fundraising ‘pop up’ restaurant.

Sands students making stuffed tortellini from scratchSands students making stuffed tortellini from scratch

A recent private opening saw 20 paying customers raving about the calibre of dishes made by the students including slow roasted pork belly and gin cured salmon.

The founder of Sands, Sean Bellamy, met chef, Eamon Fullalove at Wilderness Festival last year. The pair cooked up the idea of teaching Sands students how to create a restaurant. Students have been using used locally sourced ingredients including some from the school’s garden, to design a six course tasting menu which they cook themselves. The teenagers are calling their pop up restaurant The Elephant in the Room, inspired by a life-sized elephant sculpture that was created by Sands to promote a conservation project at Paignton Zoo.

Over six weeks Eamon, who is head chef at the newly opened Curator Café in Totnes, trained 20 total novices to make their own bread, grissini, crostini, blinis and biscotti, create a fresh pasta course from scratch - stuffing their own tortellini - and make sauces and dressings.

The Elephant in the Room will open for three nights on April 23rd-25th. As well as top-notch food, students will provide a live cabaret of songs and sketches. Saturday 25th is already sold out, but Thursday and Friday are still available for booking.

The recommended donation of £30 a head includes a six-course menu and glass of bubbly, but larger donations are welcome if diners think the service and food deserve it. If The Elephant in the Room is a success, students hope that Eamon will return to do more training and they will pop up again with a summer themed menu.

For bookings contact Sean Bellamy at Deadline for bookings April 20th. More information can be found at


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