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Design a Restaurant Challenge with Jamie’s Italian

Our 2016 design challenge is here and we’re VERY excited!

Together with our friends at Jamie’s Italian, we are inviting budding design, engineering and construction professionals to create a restaurant for Jamie’s Italian.

This is a unique opportunity, open to all UK secondary schools. Working as a team, your students will use their creativity and ingenuity to identify an interesting local building in your area. It may be old, it may be new but it will certainly be one that they are inspired to re-imagine into a beautiful and functional working restaurant.

We’ll be with you and your students every step of the way… with support from architecture, engineering and construction professionals.


Meet our awesome judging panel

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See what our fantastic industry supporters have to say…


Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s best-loved chefs, campaigners and television personalities.

Jamie is a passionate campaigner for healthy living through empowerment: by giving people the knowledge to make the right food choices and delivering food education for children, he wants everyone to possess the tools to make their lives healthier and happier.

Jamie famously said:

“Since I was a teenager I’ve been totally besotted by the love, passion and verve for food, family and life that just about all Italian people have, no matter where they’re from or how rich or poor they might be. And that’s what I’m passionate about – good food for everyone, no matter what”.

When Jamie decided to set up his own restaurant in the UK, there was never any doubt that it would be Italian. Jamie’s Italian was established in the UK in 2008 with the aim of becoming the most popular restaurant on the high street.


Design a restaurant that encapsulates the ethos and core values of  Jamie’s vision for the Jamie’s Italian concept, as well as being set up for commercial success.

How to Enter

The ‘Design a Restaurant with Jamie’s Italian’ competition is open to secondary students (age 11-16) in the UK. Each school should enter just one team of up to 10 members.

Behind every building is a great team of professionals, with very special talents. When you create your team think about the skills that each member will need to make your design come to life. This is an excellent opportunity to run a ‘Dragons Den’ event from which you can put your best team forward.

When your students are putting their teams together get them to think about the roles of:

Use our links and get Googling! A few minutes spent investigating these exciting careers, and what they are, will help your students form their team.

Registered schools

Key Dates & Prizes

Competition Opens
Monday 11th April 2016

Entry Deadline
5pm, Friday 23rd September 2016

Entries should be submitted via Dropbox – for access please contact

Winner Anouncement
Thursday 27th October 2016

Winning Team Prize Day
Friday 11th November 2016

The winning team (and two of their lovely teachers!) will be treated to a day ‘behind the scenes’ at one of the fabulous Jamie’s Italian restaurants.

As the next generation of architecture, engineering and construction professionals, they will be hosted by Jamie’s restaurant design team and discover how Jamie’s restaurants are conceived, designed and constructed.

Winners will also meet the Jamie’s Italian team to find out what makes the restaurants tick from an operational point of view.

And of course, the winners will be treated to a fantastic lunch!

10.00 – 10.45am Meet at Jamie’s Italian Piccadilly.
Introduction to the Jamie’s Italian design team, by Justin Hardy – Director of Design & Developments.
An exclusive look at the presentation for the Barbecoa Piccadilly site, which is still under construction.
10.45 – 12.15pm Site visit to Barbecoa Piccadilly. Opportunity to see how work on a live site is progressing.
12.15 – 1.15pm Opportunity for the students to present and discuss their design proposals with the Presidents (PDR JI Piccadilly)
1.15 – 2.45pm gennaro-jamieWelcome & meet Gennaro Contaldo.
Lunch at Jamie’s Italian Piccadilly.Gennaro is Jamie Oliver’s friend and mentor, who first taught Jamie at Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant in the 1990s.Now, Gennaro is heavily involved in the restaurant group, helping to develop menus and train chefs around the country, and internationally, for Jamie’s Italian.Gennaro is one of the most respected chefs in London as well as a renowned personality in his own right.
2.45 – 3.15pm Behind the scenes tour of Jamie’s Italian Piccadilly.

Please note: Teachers need to ensure permission slips are issued to parents well in advance of the winning team visit on 11th November. We would ask that these are in place before the closing date of 23rd September.

Helpful hints

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Industry Buzz

JI design challenge industry support

“Raising awareness of the importance of innovative problem solving though architecture, and the positive impact of excellent buildings with future generations is a key priority for the RIBA. We recognise that a well-informed generation of young people will go on to champion a high quality built environment, and will understand the invaluable part played by built environment professionals collaborating to make that happen.”

“The CIOB is delighted to support the Design a Restaurant Challenge with Jamie’s Italian.  This exciting concept really engages children in understanding and developing the core skills that built environment professionals apply in their work, from feasibility to conservation.  Team work is key to delivering successful projects and this challenge will give children a taste of what it takes to develop a successful team.”

“CIBSE supports Design Engineer Construct!® and COYO because it introduces young people to the excitement of careers in the construction and engineering sectors. The Design a Restaurant Challenge with Jamie’s Italian asks teams to work together to bring a whole project to fruition and highlights how the different design and delivery professions must work in harmony to achieve the right result. Just like in real life…. hooray for joined-up thinking!”

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about the impact of interior design on a design and build project. The BIID fully supports DEC’s aims to engage and excite the next generation of Built Environment professionals.  We hope that the school children taking part will gain valuable practical project experience and will be inspired to pursue their studies in this sector.”
Susie Rumbold, President Elect, British Institute of Interior Design

“Inter-professional collaboration is vital in the construction and built environment industry and the Design a Restaurant Challenge with Jamie’s Italian is the perfect platform to showcase the creative and innovative discipline of Architectural Technology. Aspiring Architectural Technologists will prove to be an integral part of the design team as they demonstrate their creativity during the design process to ensure that the team’s ideas can be turned into reality. They will also be able to lead on an array of aspects such as sustainable construction materials and building performance.”
Gary Mees PCIAT, President of CIAT

Meet our Judges

Gavin Beesley - Construction Project Manager
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Gavin Beesley - Jamies Italian

Gavin studied a Building Surveying Degree at the University of Northumbria graduating in 1998.

After working in a Surveying Practice in London he reached Chartered status of the RICS Building Surveying faculty in 2000. During this time Gavin had his first experience of design and project management within the restaurant sector and subsequently in 2001 moved Practices to a company specialising in delivering restaurant brands, working for the likes of Pizza Express, Strada, GBK and numerous other well known brands, completing approx. 80+ restaurants over the course of 9 years.

In 2010 Gavin created Beesley Consultancy Ltd, a Building Surveying practice primarily focused on Project Management and Design services to the restaurant sector – at this time Gavin joined the Jamie Oliver Group as a consultant providing Project Management services.

This role grew exponentially during 2011 and Gavin became the lead Project Manager responsible for the implementation and delivery of all their UK based projects.

Justin Hardy - Director of Design & Developments
Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group

Justin Hardy - Jamie Oliver Group

Earning a BA Hons Degree + Diploma in Architecture (2003 & 2005), Justin founded his own design and build company, working on environmentally cutting edge, residential projects in London. Championing new concept design and understanding the physical build process offered an opportunity for him to work within the prestigious Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS).

Justin secured the initial Jamie’s Italian business for MBDS, developed the concept along with the JI team and saw the first JI restaurant realised in 2008. He then pursued an overseas opportunity in Melbourne Australia with Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).

He returned to the UK to become part of the Jamie Oliver team in 2010. He has developed the concept, design and sourcing from plan to trading restaurant for JI, Barbecoa, Union Jacks, Jamie’s Italian Deli and Jamie’s Italian Trattoria over the last 6 years.

Justin now oversees all design and development of existing and new concept Jamie Oliver projects both in the UK and Internationally.

John Field - President
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

John Field - President CIBSE

John Field FCIBSE MA CEng MEI MASHRAE CMVP is President of CIBSE and founding director of energy management consultancy Native-Hue.

John has been at the heart of UK energy management developments for 30 years. He founded Target Energy Services in 1985 with a mission to measure and improve the energy performance buildings. He joined Power Efficiency as a director in 2007 and built up a class-leading energy and carbon management team that moved with Power Efficiency to Balfour Beatty in 2011.

He is chair of the Energy Performance Contracting Group at the Energy Systems and Technology Association which provides a forum for bringing together energy efficiency investment with suitable projects and expertise.

Gary Mees - President
Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Gary Mees CIAT

Gary Mees is the President of CIAT and a strong advocate for the essential role that Architectural Technology plays within the design process.

Chartered Architectural Technologists lead the technological design within a project, forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation.

Gary runs his own own practice providing services to commercial and private clients. He is a Registered CDMC; Energy Assessor and Certifier of Design [Energy]. He has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry working with contractors and semi-local authority (Scottish Special Housing Association) as well as working for several architectural practices in Edinburgh.

Susie Rumbold - President
British Institute of Interior Design

Susie Rumbold - BIID

Susie Rumbold is President Elect and CPD Director of the BIID and is a longstanding Member of the Institute.

Susie oversees the Institute’s CPD programme of seminars, lectures and tours. She is also responsible for the expanding BIID CPD Providers Directory and the annual BIID CPD Provider Showcase; a highly acclaimed day of BIID accredited CPDs from eight top suppliers.

Susie is the Founder and Creative Director of Tessuto, a successful, multidisciplinary design studio, based in London.  She is regularly approached for expert commentary on Interior Design issues and appears frequently in the national and trade media. She is also in-demand as a speaker on Interior Design, giving talks and chairing discussions at design events across the country.

Prior to her career in interior design, Susie worked for 7 years as a Merchandiser on the buying team of Topshop.

Chris Chivers - President
Chartered Institute of Building

Chris Chivers - CIOB

Christopher J. Chivers FCIOB, FRICS, FFB, ACIArb has been President of the Chartered Institute of Building since 2015.

Originally from a surveying background, Chris is Managing Director of Greylough Ltd., using over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry, to provide effective solutions for corporate clients, developers and contractors alike.

As Chief Executive and part owner of Killby & Gayford Group Limited, he oversaw a number of landmark projects, including refurbishment works in Buckingham Palace, Downing St and St Paul’s Cathedral and was ultimately responsible for considerable roll out programmes for banking clients as NatWest, Barclays, Halifax and LloydsTSB.

From 2010-2012 Chris was Chairperson of the UKCG Training Committee. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers (Carvers) and a Freeman of the City of London.

Amanda Clack - President
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Amanda Clack - RICS

Amanda Clack FRICS will take office as RICS President on 27 June 2016.

Amanda joined EY as a Partner in August 2015 as the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) for the UK and Ireland. Prior to this she was a partner at another of the Big Four.

Qualifying as a quantity surveyor and in project management, Amanda is a Fellow of RICS, the Association for Project Management, the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Consulting and the Institute of Management. She is also a Companion of the Institute of Management, is a Certified Management Consultant and an Affiliate of the Institute of Accountants for England and Wales.

Chris Williamson - Business Skills Ambassador
Royal Institute of British Architects

Chris Williamson - RIBA

Chris Williamson formed Weston Williamson in 1985 with partner Andrew Weston having previously worked for Welton Beckett, New York and Michael Hopkins, London.

Chris has taught at the DeMontford University and at the University of North London, and is currently a visiting professor at East London University. He is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel.

Chris is currently a member of RIBA Council and Chair of the RIBA Competitions Review Panel, and sits on the International Committee. His research and thought leadership has been published by the RIBA Journal and Urban Design International amongst others.

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