Young entrepreneurs are feeling the heat from a Chester chef in a CBBC programme.

Luke Thomas, of Luke’s Eating House in St John Street, is a business buddy on the panel of Pocket Money Pitch, presented by BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern .

Youngsters aged 8-14 from across the UK pitch their business ideas and attempt to secure support from one of the young entrepreneurs to win a year’s worth of pocket money to invest.

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Business gurus on the programme include Levi Roots, who quizzes children on their food-related ideas, and Myleene Klass, who shares her expertise in fashion.

Chef and entrepreneur Luke Thomas

Luke, 22, said: “I am delighted to be part of such an amazing show, I’m very much behind the future of creative industries and encouraging people to be more creative, listening to the ideas of budding young entrepreneurs is simply amazing and very inspiring.”

Luke was just 18 when he became chef patron of Luke’s Dining Room in Berkshire, making him the UK’s youngest head chef. He has been cooking since the age of 12, balancing his school studies with training in some of the country’s top kitchens. He has since opened four restaurants in the UK and Dubai.

The show airs on CBBC, on Mondays at 5:30pm.