Trinity Kitchen Challenge

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

Trinity Kitchen 2018

FOCUS: Help students put into practice business and entrepreneurial skills such as research, planning, procurement, budgeting and teamwork with the help of local small businesses

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 five 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, Landsec.

Volunteer vendors and managers from Trinity Leeds mentored and coached Year 9 and 10 students throughout February with 50 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 fourth year, raises aspirations and introduces enterprise skills to local young people as well as make them aware of the opportunities available in retail.

The judges' winners of the competition were Carr Manor Community School from Leeds with their Shaker Maker concept, complete with sample milkshake products and an icecream van prototype. The People's Choice winners were Grange Technology College from Bradford with a well-costed fusion cuisine takeaway.

"Trinity Leeds is incredibly proud to have worked with Ahead Partnership on the fourth 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


  • 100% of the students that took part said the challenge improved their confidence
  • 85% of the students said the challenge improved their awareness of the types of careers out there
  • 100% of students said the challenge improved their speaking and listening skills
  • 100% of students said the challenge improved their understanding of the retail sector