A spectacular new Jamie’s Italian themed restaurant, designed by two 16 year old students from Clacton Coastal Academy, has won this year’s Class Of Your Own challenge. And their work has been applauded by their “client” – Jamie Oliver himself!
The ‘design a restaurant’ challenge was launched in Spring 2016, with the support of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group. The unique secondary school competition challenged young people to identify an interesting local building, and re-imagine it into a beautiful and functional ‘Jamie’s Italian’.
Combining heritage with a modern twist, students John Haylett and Sam Boone took an iconic Martello Tower situated on the shore of Clacton, and created the ‘Griglia Forte’.
Their remarkable entry led top chef, and Jamie Oliver’s Italian mentor, Gennaro Contaldo to remark: ” I felt at home as soon as I saw it.”