Which of the contestants will make it through to the end? (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay)
Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars aired for the first time tonight and the chef landed with a splash, quite literally.
Jumping from a helicopter into the cool waters below, Chef Ramsay kicked things off by expecting his 12 entrepreneurs to do the same.
If they managed it, they were already one step closer to bagging his £150,000 investment.
While they all did make it in the end, not as gracefully as the Michelin-starred chef perhaps, one contestant left a pretty worrying look on Gordon’s face as she dared the leap.
As viewers may have noticed, 46-year-old Bola Adegbenro dived a little too close to the edge, leaving Gordon quite concerned for the health and safety risks.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk and other publications ahead of the series’ premiere, Gordon claimed: ‘I thought I’d lost Bola on that jump!
‘It’s the first time I thought, s*** this is going to be like future food stars A&E.
‘I said “look out jump out”, and she said “yeah” and then she looked down and jumped down.
‘I swear to God the distance between her and hitting a rock was the distance between a pair of gnat’s bollocks.
‘[I thought] “s**t, we’ve just lost a contender?!”’
‘“S**t, we’ve just lost a contender?!”’ (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay)
He jokingly added that the newspaper headlines would read: ‘Ramsay smashes lady’s head on a rock,’ but thankfully Bola landed safely and the competition didn’t turn into an A&E disaster.
One contender who didn’t have quite as safe a landing at the end of the show was Smoked Salmon entrepreneur Vincenzo Gentile.
The 27-year-old became the first eliminated contender after failing to impress Gordon in the street food challenge.
The losing team faced Gordon’s grilling (Credits: BBC/Studio Ramsay)
Despite being a salmon impresario, Vincenzo wasn’t quite as responsible with his monkfish taco idea, and his team fell 10 tacos short, leaving them to each face an individual grilling by Gordon.
Speaking about his first firing, Gordon said: ‘I had to let Vincenzo go because in business you have to put your strongest people in their strongest positions and he did the opposite.
‘He created something and then he dropped the ball.’
Vincenzo was the first foodie to go (Picture: BBC/Studio Ramsay)
Talking about his time on the show, Vincenzo admitted: ‘We were very close and if we could have sold just a few more tacos I would have made this position.
‘It was just a combination of silly things that made this happen.
‘I’m going to take this as a drive to do even better in my business.
‘I’m going to go home and feel even more motivated than I was before.’
After his firing, Vincenzo revealed that he had always wanted to be a part of the show because he hoped he ‘could inspire young immigrants like [him] to demonstrate that they too can make their passions become a reality’.
While his sustainable smoked salmon business may have lost out on Gordon’s £150,000 investment, 11 more entrepreneurs are hoping to make their business pipe-dreams into a reality.
Next week, the remaining 11 contenders will be tested outdoors, forced to forage for ingredients and cooking on open fires before Gordon’s decision on who will be the next to go and who will make it one step closer to his investment.
Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars continues on Thursday April 7 at 9pm on BBC One & iPlayer.