Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars: Herts contestant is latest to get the boot from new BBC show

Hertfordshire-based Bola Adegbenro is the latest victim of Gordon Ramsay’s fearsome grilling on his Apprentice-style BBC One Show, Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars. The 46-year-old entrepreneur was given the boot by the celebrity restaurateur after she failed to impress in her own field of expertise.

The show sees 12 contenders fighting for a chance to secure a £150,000 investment from Ramsay to realise their food and drinks-related business idea. Of course, this comes with a series of tough challenges, like yesterday’s (April 14) mission to serve lunch to the Michelin-starred chef on a high-wire suspended 1,000ft above the valley floor of the Lake District.

After the contestants somehow managed to overcome their fear in the most extreme challenge of the show yet, they were tasked with creating marketing campaigns for non-alcoholic drinks. Bola was placed in the same team with Amit and Jamie, in what seemed a fine opportunity for the health coach and 50s enthusiast.

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Bola’s business idea is based on a healthy alternative to sparkling soda – Jitterbug Apple Cider Vinegar Seltzers. She developed three flavours: Lemonade Swing, Orange Jive and Berry, each bottle or can only 40 calories.

Bola Adegbenro
Bola launched at speciality fairs in 2019, winning two start-up or innovation awards
(Image: BBC/Studio Ramsay/Colin Hutton)

However, her teamwork with Amit didn’t work well after the latter tried to take over directing the advert, and the team did not fare well in front of Ramsay. Bola ended up in the losing team for a third time, which the Chef did not let slip. “Bola, third week running, it’s almost like you’ve got your name on the back of that chair,” was Ramsay’s sharp remark. She inevitably became the third contestant to leave after Jen Wright and Vincenzo Gentile.

Gordon Ramsay Mountain rescue challenge, episode 3 of BBC's Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars
Gordon Ramsay took the foodies to the Lake District
(Image: BBC/Studio Ramsay)

Ramsay said: “I was expecting her to use her expertise and strength and I saw nothing. I’m not in the habit of giving a second chance, let alone third, so for me Bola had to go.” Bola said after her firing: “I’m not happy that I’ve got to leave at this time. Feels like I’ve had a masterclass in business, now I’ve been set free to go and run my own race.”

Next week, it’s fast food for the remaining nine contenders. They’ll be called to take over the reins of a high-end diner in the Cotswolds before being asked to create an online delivery service.

* Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars airs on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One and BBCiPlayer.

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