Adam, along with his parents Joe and Jackie decided to launch their pioneering popcorn brand after Joe's batches of unusally flavoured popcorns where proving a massive hit with friends. In 6 years the family firm has grown to employ 10 chefs making 500 kilos of Joe & Sephs a day, and had turnover in excess of £4million.
Chris Ormrod, Ministry of Cake
In 2005 Chris bought W T Maynard & Son with one thing on his mind - to make himself Prime Minister. Renaming the business the Ministry of Cake his ambition was realised. He also grew the business fourfold, and now reigns over 280 employees and makes three million slices of cake a week.
Crispin Busk, Kabuto Noodles
After five years as sales director at 'posh pies' brand Pieminister, Crispin decided to jump ship and make 'posh noodles'. His creation Kabuto launched in high-end retailers Harvey Nichols and Selfridges with a £3 price tag, three times the price of rivals. Distribution in the major multiples followed and his next mission is to sell noodles to China.
Esther Thompson, Tea Huggers
In 2013 Esther quit her job at the BBC and commenced a mission to help people improve their health through tea. Tea Huggers has since won eight Gold Stars from the Great Taste Awards and is available in Selfridges, Partridges, Jamie Olivers and in delis across the UK.
Fleur Emery, Green & Pleasant Drinks
Serial entrepreneur Fleur has founded 2 successful food businesses and now spends most of her time mentoring and coaching fast-growing branded premium food brands such as Pip & Nut, Miso Tasty and Herman Ze German.
Fraser Doherty, Beer 52
Whilst most people are deciding what GCSEs to choose Fraser was founding a 100% fruit jam company called SuperJam. At the age of fourteen he got a listing in Sainsbury's. His lastest project is Beer52, a small batch craft beer subscription service, with a multi-million pound turnover.
Galia Orme, Choc Chick
After chucking in a successful career in business development and marketing Galia retreated to the kitchen where she discovered the joys of making raw chocolate. In 2009 she founded CHOC Chick, and her chocolate making kits are now stocked in Holland & Barrett, Whole Food Market, John Lewis and 400 independent retailers.
Jayne Hynes, Kiddyum
As a busy working mum, Jayne found it difficult to make time to cook from scratch every day but wanted her daughters to eat delicious, nutritious food of the highest quality.She started freezing meals at home and eventually saw that there was a high demand for her creations. Kiddyum launched nationally in Sainsburys in 2015 and more recently in Iceland's Food Warehouse with further listings coming soon.
Josh Betham, Morphagy
After working in sales and account management for disruptive brands like Lego & RedBull, Josh co-founded Mophagy was created with the vision of 'Reimagining the future of food through insects'. Their aim is to get people seeing insects differently – as a sustainable, highly nutritious, tasty future superfood.
Ketan Varu, Spice 'n' Tice
Ketan's mum used to send him curry mixes when he was at Uni, where he was known as the 'Spice Boy'. After graduating Ketan's entrepreneurial spirit got the better of him and he roped his parents and siblings in to start Spicentice. Their curry kits are found in all the major retailers, both branded and white label.
Leane Bramhall, Kineta Matcha Tea
Leanne is a self-confessed food marketing geek with a passion for consumer goods and extensive experience in the industry. In 2015 she founded Kineta Matcha Tea, an organic ceremonial grade matcha green tea imported from a small family-run Japanese farm.
Lisa Tse, Sweet Mandarin
Lisa is the CEO and brainchild behind the modern fusion food experience of Sweet Mandarin, an award winning Chinese restaurant in Manchester, which she set up with her two sisters. In 2012, she launched a range of sauces that is now sold in supermarkets around the world.
Morag Pavich, Mo's Cookie Dough
American raised Morag started Mo’s Cookie Dough out of her home kitchen in Glasgow. Three years down that line and her brand is winning industry accolades, a Scottish Edge Award and gaining listings with major retailers including Whole Foods, Waitrose and Ocado.
Oliver Kohn, Jolly Hog
Olly went from playing professional rugby for Harlequins to producing premium sausages with his three brothers. His banger-handling skills are clearly as strong as his ball-handling skills as Jolly Hog are now found in Sainsbury's and Ocado and coveted by Michel Roux Jnr.
Sara Roberts, Healthy Nibbles
After returning to the UK from living abroad Sara was shocked at how difficult it was to find healthy snacks, particularly in schools, hospitals and places of work. This led to a ‘lightbulb’ moment and the creation of Healthy Nibbles, a vending machine service dedicated to health and well being.