Black hole at Oliver's Fifteen

Liam Black, the director of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Fifteen chain of restaurants, which employs homeless people, has announced that he is to step down.

He has headed Fifteen since the opening of its original London restaurant in 2004, overseeing the social enterprise’s expansion into Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne. He will continue to advise the Fifteen board on key projects.

Black said: “Jamie asked me to create a strong, well-managed and well-governed organisation. Mission accomplished. It’s time for the next chapter in Fifteen’s amazing story, and I wish Jamie and all the brilliant Fifteen team continued huge success.”

Oliver, a trustee of Fifteen Foundation, said: “Liam has done a great job. We now have a strong organisation offering our customers brilliant food and service at the same time as providing young people with an amazing chance to change their lives. Everyone at Fifteen wishes him nothing but the best. We’ll miss him.”

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