Chris Bianco, the award-winning US pizza operator, has joined Jamie Bianco Ltd, the company set up by Jamie Oliver to oversee his concept-in-waiting Union Jack’s, M&C Report understands. Up until now speculation has indicated that Union Jacks will feature traditional British food, but the appointment of Bianco suggests that that it will be British cuisine with a modern twist. Bianco, who has become a director in the company, operates Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona, and is renowned in the US for his wood-fired pizzas. M&C Report also understands that the concept will only use food sourced from the UK. The new company, in which Oliver is the majority shareholder, includes John Jackson and Simon Blagden, chairman and managing director respectively of the 19-strong Jamie’s Italian chain, as directors. Pizzas are currently not included on the menu at Jamie’s Italian, but Blagden is a previous operations director at Pizza Express. The new group has also signed the intellectual property rights for the Union Jack’s name, which includes pizzas and pizza products among products and services trademarked. It is thought that the company is hoping to secure a central London site for the launch of the concept, which is scheduled for later this year. The link up with Bianco mirrors that of Oliver’s with Adam Perry Lang for his barbecue concept, Barbecoa, which launched at One New Change near St Paul’s last year. The restaurant is based on the food served in Perry-Lang’s Daisy May’s BBQ in New York where pork or beef is cooked inside a hot fire pit.