December 2, 2022

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Who is in the line-up of the BBC cooking show?

GORDON RAMSAY’S new show Future Food Stars gives ordinary food lovers the opportunity to earn money to kick start their business.

With prize money of £150,000 and a chance to win the chef’s mentorship, let’s meet the contestants on Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars.

Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars airs every Thursday night on BBC One

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Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars airs every Thursday night on BBC OneCredit: BBC

Who are the contestants of Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars?

There are 12 contestants all with food or drink based businesses who are hoping to win Chef Ramsay’s cash and endorsement.

Leah Harkness

Brownie entrepreneur Leah Harkness is from London

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Brownie entrepreneur Leah Harkness is from LondonCredit: BBC

Leah is 38-years-old and from London.

She runs Norah’s Brownies which specialise in free-from brownies.

The brand makes sweet treats which are vegan and gluten free, which can be delivered directly to your door.

Asher Flowers

Asher Flowers sells jams and all things fruit preserve

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Asher Flowers sells jams and all things fruit preserveCredit: BBC

PR-turned-jam-connoisseur Asher is 28 years old and from Rhondda Valley, South Wales.

His brand Rogue sells jams, marmalades and chutneys, inspired by his mum’s love of selling jam at local markets.

Rogue features some more unusual flavours like an espresso martini marmalade, bravado chilli pepper jam, and a negroni marmalade.

Matthew Watts

Eco-friendly Matthew Watts is hoping to impress

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Eco-friendly Matthew Watts is hoping to impressCredit: BBC

Londoner Matthew Watts is 33 and runs a zero waste restaurant called Jackdaw.

He focuses on customers that care about the environment as well as the local community.

Stephanie Buttery

Stephanie Buttery

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Stephanie ButteryCredit: BBC

Ex-warfare officer, Stephanie Buttery is hoping to wow with her soft drinks brand Chu Lo.

The 30-year-old from Manchester, discovered a love for a sour alcoholic drink while stationed in Japan during her time in the Navy.

Her soft drinks are inspired by Japanese drinks.

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Amit Panwar

Amit Panwar

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Amit PanwarCredit: BBC

Chef and restaurant owner Amit, 38, from Worcestershire hopes Gordon will invest in his brand Pandeli.

Pandeli is a bottled Indian sauce company, featuring three handmade bottle designs.

Amit’s sauces are inspired by his own authentic family recipes.

Jen Wright

Jen Wright

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Jen WrightCredit: BBC

Hailing from Castleford, West Yorkshire, 35-year-old Jen is competing for her cocktail company.

The Cocktail Pickers Club provides pre-bottled cocktails for customers to enjoy at home.

She hopes to sell her cocktails by the keg at premium bars.

Michelle Maddox

Michelle Maddox

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Michelle MaddoxCredit: BBC

Michelle, 45, comes from Abernethy, Perthshire and found her inspiration at her son’s school fair.

Clootie McToot sells clootie dumplings, a Scottish treat, with lots of exciting flavours.

From rhubarb and ginger to chocolate orange with Irish cream liqueur, these dumplings sold well at the school fair.

Valentina Fois

Valentina Fois

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Valentina FoisCredit: BBC

Vegan cakes take skill to make and 37-year-old Valentina’s vegan cafe is a hit in London.

Lele’s cake mixes aim to make vegan cooking accessible to all, making them inexpensive and easy to bake.

The range currently features three flavours – vanilla cupcakes, banana bread and brownies.

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Vincenzo Gentile

Vincenzo Gentile

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Vincenzo GentileCredit: BBC

Launched in 2019, Vincenzo’s business aims to revolutionise smoked salmon.

The 27-year-old from London runs Smokin’ Brothers, a salmon smokehouse.

They are dedicated to innovative sustainable artisan smoked salmon.

Jamie Savage

Jamie Savage

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Jamie SavageCredit: BBC

Navy head chef Jamie, 36, wants to show Gordon how to cook mussels to perfection with his business.

Savages Mussels is a mussels bar in Macclesfield, featuring menu items such as popcorn mussels and a fish finger sandwich with pickled mussels.

Victoria Omobuwajo

Contestant Victoria Omobuwajo

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Contestant Victoria OmobuwajoCredit: BBC

Another Londoner on Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars is Victoria, 28.

Her business is called Sumo and specialises in plantain based snacks.

She was inspired by her mum’s plantain crisps when she was at university.

Bola Adegbenro

Contestant Bola Adegbenro

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Contestant Bola AdegbenroCredit: BBC

Health coach turned drinks maker Bola hails from Hertfordshire.

The 46-year-old has already won two awards for her startup fizzy drinks company Jitterbug.

Jitterbug drinks are only 40 calories and come in three flavours inspired by the 1950s.

When is Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars on?

This Apprentice-style competition will air every Thursday on BBC One at 9pm.

If you missed the first episode you can catch it on BBC iPlayer now.

The next episode will air Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 9pm.

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