Michelin-starred chef Gordon Ramsay is looking for the UK's most exciting and innovative new food and drinks business to invest in.

His new BBC programme 'Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars' will see the chef and TV personality choose from 12 entrepreneurs to invest £150,000 of his own cash. 

The contenders will need to prove they have the raw ingredients required to succeed: determination, dedication, passion and talent.

There will be a series of challenges designed to test each contestant to the limit, showcasing their character and business acumen. 

Ramsay said: "Putting the contenders through their paces was crucial for me.

"How do they react under pressure, in a difficult situation, a challenge outside their comfort zone?

"It’s no different to being in business, being up against it - and when the chips are down, then you dig deep."

When is it on TV? 

The show will air on BBC One on Thursdays at 9pm.

It will be available to watch back on BBC iPlayer. 

Who are the contestants in Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars?

Amit, 38 from Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Business: Pandeli - bottled Indian sauces

Amit is a chef and pub/restaurant owner who has developed a range of small-batch authentic Indian sauces using the family recipes.

He has developed three simmering sauces and a hot sauce and used his Art & Design skills to give his bottles a fresh modern branding.

Asher, 28, from The Rhondda Valley

Business: Rogue - jams, chutneys and marmalades

Four years ago PR graduate Asher launched his own business and started experimenting with unusual flavours at home and took them to local food fairs and markets to sell.

His range includes Negroni Marmalade, Espresso Martini Marmalade, Strawberry and Tonka Bean Jam, Bravado Chilli Pepper Jam.

Bola, 46 from Hertfordshire

Business: Jitterbug - apple cider vinegar seltzers

Health coach and 50s enthusiast Bola was inspired after swapping fizzy drinks for a tonic she made with apple cider vinegar blended with fruit juices and sparkling water.

She developed three flavours: Lemonade Swing, Orange Jive and Berry, each bottle or can only 40 calories.

Bola launched at speciality fairs in 2019, winning two start-up or innovation awards.

Jamie, 36 from Macclesfield

Business: Savages Mussels - mussel bar

Jamie is an ex-Navy head chef who decided to take his cooking skills and open his own business showcasing his favourite ingredients: mussels.

Wanting to show how diverse mussel-based dishes can be whilst promoting sustainable seafood consumption, he put his savings into a permanent stall at a local market.

He began selling innovative dishes, such as popcorn mussels, mussel burgers and is even developing a mussel stout.

Jen, 35 from Castleford

Business: The Cocktail Pickers Club - bottled cocktails

Cocktail lover Jen decided to start her own bottled cocktail business after realising it could prove very expensive trying to make your own cocktails at home.

She has brought out a range of fresh new cocktail flavours using only real fruit and purees, so they are naturally low in sugar.

Flavours include rhubarb vodka, rum with mango and ginger, passionfruit martini, gin and elderflower.

Leah, 38 from London

Business: Norah’s Brownies - free-from brownies

Leah wanted to create cakes for people with allergies or dietary requirements.

Cupcakes and cookies had already been done, but she saw a gap in the market at that time for homemade, dairy-free, gluten-free brownies.

She set up her own business and started making cookie sandwiches with a brownie in the middle and brownie donuts, and sells across London.

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Matthew, 33 from London

Business: Jackdaw - zero-waste restaurant

Matthew lives and breathes hospitality and feels now is the time to go it alone and open his first place with a zero-waste ethos and a social enterprise ambition.

He wants to attract customers who care about giving back to the community.

Michelle, 45, from Abernethy (Perthshire)

Business: Clootie McToot - clootie dumplings

After helping her son to run a stall at the school fair, Michelle was persuaded to go into business and sell her clootie dumplings.

The large product range includes flabours such as Rhubarb and Ginger, Chocolate Orange and Irish cream liqueur, Damson Plum and Gin, and Strawberry and Prosecco, with new flavour combinations ever-evolving. 

Steph, 30 from Manchester

Business: Chu Lo - Japanese-inspired soft drinks

Steph is a former Navy Lieutenant who has retired after 12 years as a Warfare Officer to pursue her business dream.

She was inspired by a sour alcoholic drink she loved when stationed in Japan and decided to create her own soft version to market to gamers and the premium drinks market.

Valentina, 37 from London

Business: Lele’s - vegan cake mixes & café

Famed for her vegan cakes, Valentina researched the vegan cake mix market and realised there was huge opportunity.

She developed three mixes: vanilla cupcakes, banana bread and brownies.

Valentina’s vision is to make tasty vegan food an accessible option for everyone.

Victoria, 28 from London

Business: Sunmo - plantain based snacks

Victoria is a graduate of a business school in London. As part of her business degree, she launched a range of healthy snacks inspired by her mum’s plantain crisps.

She has now expanded the range into other naturally vegan snacks. 

She has launched in a major high-end department store, won awards, and is hoping to get her new range into one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK.

Vincenzo, 27 from London

Smokin’ Brothers - smoked salmon company

After a job working for a smoked salmon producer, Vincenzo saw their smoked salmon process and thought he could improve it, so wrote a business plan and pitched himself as a superior supplier and launched his business in 2019.

His brand is sustainable, artisan, smoked (using only smoke and salt), hand sliced smoked salmon in fully compostable packaging.