About Jamie Grainger-Smith

Founder of Think.Eat.Drink

 
 

A passionate advocate

Jamie Grainger-Smith founded Think.Eat.Drink in November 2009. His mission is to introduce high standards of sustainability, environmental awareness and ethical practice within the world of food & drink without the sacrifice of taste or quality. He is a passionate advocate of providing opportunities in all aspects of staff training in the hospitality industry.

High profile appointments

Jamie's career in consulting spans the hospitality industry. He has worked with the groundbreaking private members club concept ‘The Hub Kings Cross’, as well as alongside top award winning charities to deliver a new approach on community driven cafes, with sustainability and food at their heart.

Jamie produced a report for the London Legacy Development Corporation (formally Olympic Park Legacy Corporation) on the food and drink vision and strategy for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for after the London 2012 Games.

He was instrumental in creating the concept and set up of London’s first truly eco-friendly restaurant, Acorn House Restaurant in Kings Cross. This was done in partnership with Shoreditch Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust.

He has worked at the heart of the restaurant industry for many years. Most notably he collaborated and co-founded with Jamie Oliver the acclaimed Fifteen Restaurant project, which now has three sister restaurants worldwide. Involved from the outset, Jamie was responsible for the strategic direction, project management and implementation of Fifteen, including finding the restaurant location, working closely with Jamie Oliver on the ethos, interior/ergonomic design, staff recruitment and training through to the successful grand launch in 2002, he then went on to successful managed the business for a further 3 years.

A passionate advocate of providing opportunities in all aspects of staff training in the hospitality industry. Fifteen is a true success training story, which Jamie carried through with Acorn House Restaurant and this has also continued with the launch of it's sister Waterhouse Restaurant in Hoxton, Shoreditch and now with three other leading charitable organisations. Jamie role now is one of advice, leadership and guidance.

Jamie has also worked with Transition Town Totnes, alongside Rob Hopkins, to develop a business plan to undertake a business study for the development of the former Dairy Crest Brunel Buildings just outside Totnes Town Centre and convert it into a food & drink and learning destination centre.

Other appointments have been the development of The Student Hubs project in Oxford, feeding into the master business plan for redevelopment of Hastings Pier and creating a 'pop up' restaurant & bar in the stunning setting of Lancaster House for HRH the Prince of Wales Charity, Start UK in July 2011. The event was a roaring sucsess.

Additional high profile appointments have included managing Montes Private Members Club in Sloane St, re-launching the venue alongside Ben O’Donoghue and Jamie Oliver; Morton's in Berkeley Square W1; The World famous River Café in Hammersmith; also working alongside the father of 'Modern British' cooking Alastair Little, in launching his Notting Hill restaurant in 1996.

He also has the privilege of being one of London’s 1000 most influential people, Evening Standard 2009.

Jamie is also a national green ambassador for Team Green Britainis a Fellow at Royal Society of Arts and is working with The Eden Project on their Big Lunch idea.

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London
N1 9AB

T: +44 (0) 20 7113 4221
E: info@thinkeatdrink.co.uk

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