Trinity Kitchen Challenge

Budding entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a pop-up restaurant to business dragons. Land Securities challenged pupils to create a food stand for Trinity Kitchen, the pop-up food court in Leeds’ Trinity Shopping Centre.

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FOCUS: Conduct market research and work as a team to create a brand new dining concept for Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre

Retail is the UK’s largest private sector employer, accounting for 10% of all employment.

UKCES Sector Skills Insights: Retail July 2012

Young people from seven schools across Yorkshire got an opportunity to hone their business and enterprise skills with a unique challenge from Leeds’ Trinity Kitchen – the pop-up street food space at Trinity Leeds shopping centre in the city centre.

The students were asked to create their own pop-up food concept to feature at Trinity Kitchen and had to pitch their big ideas to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the property company behind the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, Land Securities.

Volunteer vendors and managers from Trinity Leeds have been mentoring and coaching Year 9 and 10 students over the last month with 40 young people taking part in interactive workshops focused on marketing, costing and pricing to help them create their concept.

The Trinity Kitchen Challenge, now in its third year, raises aspirations and introduces enterprise skills to local young people as well as make them aware of the opportunities available in retail. The competition is part of the FutureJobs programme which is part-funded by the European Social Fund.

The winners of the competition were from John Smeaton Academy with their ‘Pie & Peas’ concept. 

"Trinity Leeds is incredibly proud to have worked with Ahead Partnership on the third annual Trinity Kitchen Challenge. Throughout the process we have seen some fantastic ideas and innovations from the students resulting in the spectacular finale. Embedding entrepreneurial skills within young people is key to moving the thriving business sector of Leeds forward and hopefully we will see some of the students bring their ideas to life in the future.”

David Maddison, General Manager, Trinity Leeds


  • 89% of the students that took part said the challenge improved their teamworking skills
  • 80% of the students said the challenge made them feel more ready for the working world
  • 85% of students said the challenge improved their speaking and listening skills
  • 88% of students said the challenge improved their understanding of the retail sector