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Interested in participating in a new cookery TV show?

6th Dec 2018

A London based TV Production Company called Lion TV; creators of popular shows like Horrible Histories, Homes under the Hammer and Inside the Tower of London.

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We are currently making an exciting, new kids TV show for a popular children’s broadcaster. The format sees two teams of 6 compete to put on the best pop-up restaurant, with two celebrity foodies mentoring and judging their efforts in the kitchen and on the restaurant floor.  We are looking for kids aged 9-14.

Do you have a passion for food and cooking? Are you good at coming up with cool designs and ideas? Are you charming and good with people? Are you in School Year 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9? Then you and some friends could have what it takes to become our Restaurant Dream Team!

Our top celebrity restaurant expert and chef are on a mission to find a group of friends capable of running their own restaurant. They’re looking for teams of six – three in the kitchen, three on the restaurant floor – who can design their own pop up restaurant; create a themed menu, then cook and serve dinner to a room full of guests under professional conditions. Teams go head to head in a restaurant that’s been split down the middle with only one progressing to the next round.

If you think you and your friends are up to the task and you want to apply you need to:


  • We must have permission from your parent/guardian before sending us any personal details, and we will need the form to be signed by them and a recent photo of you included


  • After the section for your parent/guardian you’ll see some questions that we want you to fill in

Applications can be submitted by your parent/guardian by email to by Friday 8th Feb:  2019

Or by post to: by Friday 8th Feb: 2019:

Restaurant Dream Team Production Team, Lion Television, Lion House, 26 Paddenswick Road

London W6 0UB

We anticipate a large number of applications, and whilst we consider everyone equally if you do not hear back from us by the week of the 18th of February 2019 then unfortunately your application has not been successful. Applicants who are contacted are not guaranteed a place on the show. Thank you and good luck!






To the Parent or Guardian

Your child would like to apply to take part in the series “The Restaurant Dream Team”. The show will initially be transmitted by a UK broadcaster, and on the broadcaster’s website and catch-up/on demand service. If selected for the final programme, your child would be required to participate.

The Application Process

For the application to be considered, you need to provide the completed Application Form, a signed parental consent form and photographs of your child (physical copies cannot be returned). If casting or filming takes place on a school day your child will need the permission of their school to attend. We are not responsible if your school refuses permission. We are looking for teams of six contestants who already know each other and have an interest in the programme idea, and whilst you can encourage other children to apply, each person must apply as an individual.

Please note

  • Involvement in the programme will be subject to us gaining the necessary licences for filming.
  • There are no guarantees your child will be chosen to take part in the series.
  • All production decisions are at the sole discretion of the production team.
  • For the application to be considered, your child must be in school year 5-9 (inclusive) during the filming period.
  • Your child must be available for up to 5 days filming as follows: (i) 2 days filming during: EITHER week of 11th Feb OR week of 18th Feb OR week of 25th Feb 2019; (ii) If your child progresses through the competition your child will need to be available for 2 days filming during: EITHER week of 8th April OR week of 15th April 2019; (iii) if your child wins they must be available for 1 day during week of 22nd April 2019.Note that dates may be subject to change.
  • We reserve the right to change the criteria for applying at any time.
  • All successful applicants will be required to enter into a contributor release form (which will include the programme rules) detailing the terms of their participation in the programme

By necessity we will process the personal data provided by you and your child as part of the casting process for the programme to assess whether your child is a suitable contributor to the show and if successful, as part of the production process for the programme. We will do so in accordance with all relevant data protection law and you can find out more information about how we process your personal data by contacting for a copy of our Prospective Contributor Privacy Notice which is also available at Both you and your child’s details will be held securely. All unsuccessful applications will be destroyed within 6 months of receipt and the details of successful applicants will not be kept for longer than is necessary.





Child’s Name


Child’s date of birth


Child’s school name and location


Please let us know if your child has any medical condition including food allergies that we should be aware of and/or requires any special

access arrangements for filming. We will make all necessary adjustments and actively

encourage applications from all children.


Yes/No (If Yes, please give details)


Has your child appeared on TV before?


Yes/No (If Yes, please give details)


Do you have any pre-existing family commitments (eg. holidays, weddings etc) during February and April 2019


Yes/No (If Yes, please give details)


Is there any other information which you think would be useful for us to know, in support of

this application?








Home phone number:



Mobile number:




I confirm that I fully understand the premise of the programme and consent to this application being considered and I am happy for my child to take part if necessary. Also I explicitly consent to the processing of any personal data and special category personal data hereunder for the purposes of casting, producing (including broadcasting) of “Restaurant Dream Team” (w/t) as described at the top of this form and I understand that such data will be processed in accordance with the privacy notice found at

I am the child’s parent / guardian (delete as appropriate)

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Signature of parent/ legal guardian                                 Signature of parent/ legal guardian

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Name of parent/guardian (PLEASE PRINT):                    Name of parent/guardian (PLEASE PRINT):

Date:                                                                            Date:


If you want to send us up to 3 photos of dishes that your child has cooked or enjoyed eating you can do that too – sorry, but we can’t return these photos.


Parent / Guardian: Before You Send Tick List

Has your child completed the rest of the Restaurant Dream Team application form themselves?


Have you signed the consent form on page 3?


Have you included a photo of your child ?


Up to 3 further photos of dishes your child cooked or enjoyed (optional)


Remember it is the parent or guardian who sends the completed form and not the child!







Who we’re looking for

  • We are looking for teams of 6 who might be friends, go to the same school (even if in different years) know each other from clubs, extended family etc.
  • 3 team members will work in the kitchen and are tasked with coming up with a menu and cooking it for our room full of diners
  • 3 team members will run the dining room, they need to come up with a theme and design the room to reflect this and also serve the food and look after the guests

Kitchen Crew

  • You need to be comfortable being filmed
  • You need to have genuine cooking skills and be able to deliver them under pressure
  • You need to be able to work as part of a team
  • You need to confident about cooking on your own without close supervision from an adult
  • You need to be familiar with a wide range of ingredients and how to cook them
  • You need to be able to come up with a themed menu, with some help, that you can cook in large quantities in a short amount of time
  • You need to be able to take on board advice and feedback and then put that into action
  • As this is a competition you need to be prepared to be a good winner and a good loser
  • Don’t worry if you don’t think you’re an expert at everything yet – there is room to improve through the series and our experts are looking for potential



Dining Room Crew

  • You need to be comfortable being filmed
  • You need to be able to create a theme for your restaurant, come up with some design ideas and instruct our production team on what to buy within a set budget
  • You need to be able to work as part of a team
  • You need to be good with detail when getting your restaurant ready for service
  • You need to confident when talking to people and able to make them feel at ease
  • You need to be calm under pressure and when dealing with diners who may be difficult or challenging
  • You need to be able to take on board advice and feedback and then put that into action
  • As this is a competition you need to be prepared to be a good winner and a good loser
  • Don’t worry if you don’t think you’re an expert at everything yet – there is room to improve through the series and our experts are looking for potential




Please ensure you fill in every part of the application form below carefully and give us as much information as possible. Use an extra page if you need to.





Name of parent/guardian


How did you hear about the programme?


Do you have any other friends or family applying for the programme? If so, who?


What appeals to you about this programme?


What is your favourite meal?


What is the favourite place you’ve ever eaten and why?


Describe your dream restaurant, what it looks like, what’s on the menu, who else is dining there etc.


Apart from food and eating, what are things are you interested in?


Describe yourself


Why do you think we should choose you instead of someone else?



We’re looking for two different types of team member:

Kitchen Crew, who design the menu and cook the food

Dining Room Crew, who design how the restaurant will look, look after and serve guests

There is some crossover in the roles, but work out which role you think you are most suited to and fill in the relevant section:

Kitchen Crew

Who taught you how to cook?


What are the three best dishes you cook?


What type of food do you like to cook the most and why?


How often do you cook at home or at school?


What do people say about your cooking?


What is the most impressive meal you have ever cooked?


Do you want to work with food when you’re older


How competitive are you?


How do you think you’d cope working under pressure in a professional kitchen?




Dining Room Crew

What jobs do you think dining room staff do in a restaurant?


How would people you know describe you?


Do you prefer people or things?


Would you describe yourself as ‘messy and spontaneous’ or ‘tidy cautious’?


Do you like drawing and making things? What kind of things do you draw or make?


How do you deal with other people when they’re being difficult?


Describe a time when you’ve gone out of your way to be helpful


What job would you like to do when you’re older?


How competitive are you?


How do you think you’d cope working under pressure in a professional restaurant?