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First-ever winner of Gordon Ramsay's Future Food Stars crowned: 'It's a dream come true'

Metro logo Metro 19/05/2022 Meghna Amin
After a tense final, Gordon Ramsay crowned his first ever Future Food Star (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay) © Provided by Metro After a tense final, Gordon Ramsay crowned his first ever Future Food Star (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay)

Gordon Ramsay crowned his first ever winner for Future Food Stars, after an intense eight weeks, which has seen 12 contestants take part in brutal challenges from diving down into the depths of caves to delivering food on a high-wire suspended 1,000ft above the ground.

In tonight’s final, the Michelin-starred chef chose one food and drink entrepreneur to invest £150,000 in, after tasking them with the challenge of bringing their business to life.

Competing to win were Victoria Omobuwajo, whose business Sunmo is focused on plantain based snacks, Leah Harkess, who sells free-from brownies for her business Norah’s Brownies, and contestant Stephanie Buttery whose company Chu Lo sells Japanese inspired soft-drinks.

For their final challenge, Leah, Steph and Victoria had to host a unique launch event to promote their product, their brand and themselves, and, after grilling each one, Chef Ramsay chose Victoria as his first ever Future Food Star winner.

Sharing her delight at winning, the 28-year-old called it a ‘dream come true’, saying: ‘I’m feeling overjoyed. It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m so happy.

Victoria Omobuwajo was crowned the first ever winner of Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay/Colin Hutton) © Provided by Metro Victoria Omobuwajo was crowned the first ever winner of Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay/Colin Hutton)

‘Working with Gordon is a huge deal – its even better than the investment.

‘I’m super excited, I could literally scream.

‘Now the fun times begin, it’s a dream come true.’

After an intense eight weeks, Gordon finally chose which entrepreneur he will be investing in (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay/Colin Hutton) © Provided by Metro After an intense eight weeks, Gordon finally chose which entrepreneur he will be investing in (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay/Colin Hutton)

Gordon added: ‘A truly deserving winner. The other two finalists were incredible but Victoria just edged it.

‘I said at the very start I was looking not just to invest in the business, but in the person behind it.

‘I couldn’t be any happier in my decision and I’m so excited to see what the future holds.’

The competition has seen food delivered 1000ft high in the sky (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay) © Provided by Metro The competition has seen food delivered 1000ft high in the sky (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay) The series even began with Chef Ramsay asking his contestants to jump off a cliff (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay) © Provided by Metro The series even began with Chef Ramsay asking his contestants to jump off a cliff (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay)

Speaking about investing £150,000 of his own money to the winner of the series, Gordon told Metro.co.uk and other publications ahead of the series airing: ‘I don’t mind investing more with the right idea, the right person, so I’d like to see that as just the beginning of that investment. 

‘And as you see the progress on the show and just the development of where we take their businesses, it’s pretty ground-breaking.

‘I think that £150,000 is just the start, I’d love to invest in more of those businesses, but there needs to be a winner for obvious reasons.’ 

Gordon added: ‘You could be one of the most talented chefs anywhere in the world but if you can’t run a business then you become a busy idiot, and what I tried to do with these businesses was stress-test them, put them through the pressure-test that every business needs, and then understand where their weaknesses were and try and create something more tangible than they thought they brought to the competition.’

Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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