Manchester-based entrepreneur, Steph Buttery, has been named as one of the first contestants to appear on the first ever BBC series of Gordon Ramsey’s Future Food Stars.

Joining the show as a contestant, Steph will take on the weekly cookery and business-led challenges as she battles it out against other budding entrepreneurs for the chance to win a monetary investment from Gordon himself.

Steph is the founder of Japanese inspired sour soft drinks brands, Chu Lo, which she launched in 2019 after serving 12  years in the Royal navy.  Following her passion for the unique Japanese flavours she enjoyed whilst deployed in the Far East, Steph set out to create her own line of non-alcoholic, vegan friendly, gluten free, sour soft drinks!

Today, Chu Lo now has four tantalising flavours available in Apple, Lemon, Peach and Cherry and the business has since secured huge deals with industry giants including YO! Sushi and Belong Gaming Arenas. Since Feb 22, Chu Lo Drinks has also been supplying outlets across the US and EU.

But Steph’s success doesn’t stop there. Most recently, she joined the ensemble of business owners for the first series of Gordon Ramsay’s latest TV show endeavour, ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Future Food Stars’.

Steph joined the series to step out of her comfort zone and challenge herself against other keen business minds. Speaking of the experience she says: “I can’t wait for the series to launch and to see the reaction from viewers. It was an incredible opportunity and hopefully people are thoroughly entertained. For anyone considering applying, go for it!”


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