Appearing on the series finale of BBC Two's Dragon's Den on Sunday night, the couple pitched their idea to Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Jenny Campbell.To their delight, fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman offered them a £50,000 investment for a 30 per cent share of their business.Kathryn, a former primary school teacher, was inspired to create the special knives and forks - which help children to eat their food properly and teach them table 'etiquette' - after watching her pupils struggle to eat their lunch on a daily basis.Together the couple, who are now married, launched their children's cutlery business in the UK, where it has already won a series of industry awards and is now stocked at retail giants including Jo Jo Maman Bébé.Referring to the show, Chris said: 'The fact we were together was very reassuring, we both wobbled a bit at times.'When we walked into that set I was absolutely petrified.I really was, I was taking deep breaths, and if I was by myself I think I would have felt a bit different.'Since then they have been working with their Dragon developing different parts of the business.It's comparable to learning to ride a bike.'They realise they've learnt something they have seen other people do and haven't quite got it themselves.
Chris and Kathryn Baldrey-Chourio parted ways after striking up a teenage romance but eventually got back together and became business partners after Chris, a soldier, called her just before embarking on his final mission in Afghanistan.
The couple's cutlery sets retail at £19.99 and are aimed at four- to five-year-olds who are about to start school and don't know how to coordinate a knife and fork.
Kathryn, 37, said: 'I went back to teaching after having our child in the year they started bringing the free hot meals in for all infant children, so about 2011.
'We want to go on to produce many more simple and effective products for children because the best way to build kids' confidence is to help them learn independently.'The fashion tycoon turned TV dragon is the brains behind Low-Profile, a company that supplies retail giants including Marks & Spencer.
The Cyprus-born retail boss and investor, 64, has stakes in British womenswear label Finery London, shoe brand Docks Rio and handbag maker Huxley & Cox among others.