OUR STORY

ABOUT LITTLE COOKS CO

Our mission is to help empower a generation of children to live happy, healthy lives. We currently do this by sending out thousands of our happy little boxes each month to little cooks around the UK (and increasingly across Europe!) and through our charitable work. Exciting plans are afoot to build on our mission in 2021 & beyond!

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY HEALTHY?

Our food philosophy is based around REAL food. We believe that the food we eat & give our children should be as close as possible to its natural state – fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, natural sugars and unprocessed ingredients. This also means eating organic whenever possible. We don’t follow vegetarian or vegan diets ourselves but fully support those who do, as well as those with allergies. You can read more about our food philosophy in our blog pages here.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY HAPPY?

Perhaps a strange question but important to pause and consider in today’s busy world. Happiness for children is about spending time in a happy environment, being physically and mentally stimulated by the world around them. As parents ourselves we live through the continuous guilt comes with modern parenting! However, we try to reconnect with the “little things” and find happiness for our little cooks and ourselves! Some days are easier than others but our kits always include activities that help families connect and find those happy moments.

OUR CHARITABLE CONNECTIONS

We want to ensure that we are doing what we can to help children outside the reach of our happy little boxes. We do this primarily through our charitable donation to Magic Breakfast. For every box we send we donate the cost of a healthy breakfast. Magic Breakfast’s mission “to ensure no child is too hungry to learn” really resonated with us and our own families. From a nutritional perspective breakfast is such an important meal to get children’s brains and bodies set up for busy days of learning (whether at school or at home!).

OUR STORY

Our founder Helen Burgess has always been passionate about food and it’s connection to health and well being. After her son Artie was born she was inspired to quit her job working in strategy at No. 10 and retrain as a Nutritionist. She was struck by how often she was asked for help by parents wanting to give their children healthy meals and snacks but who lacked the knowledge or time to know where to start. The idea for Little Cooks Co was seeded there!

OUR BUSINESS

Helen started Little Cooks Co single-handedly (helped or hindered by Artie!) and spent 2 years devising recipes, sourcing and packing ingredients into boxes from her kitchen.

Our team has grown to a small group of working parents, passionate about what we do. We all work from home, fitting the needs of Little Cooks Co around the needs of our families and were often joined on zoom calls by little faces, even before lockdown! Our hearts sing when we get lovely feedback from our customers!

The business couldn’t function without our wonderful packing team, based outside Newcastle. Carol, Steph and the team hand pack every item that leaves their unit, and even hand write every gift message you ask for – so please, not too many emojis!

MEET THE BIG COOKS & LITTLE TESTERS

HELEN BURGESS

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Mother to Artie, Helen is a registered nutritionist passionate about improving children’s health and wellbeing. She spends most of her time recipe testing with her little cook!

MARIE PAISER

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Marie has been with Little Cooks Co from the very beginning! Marie heads up all things customer love and operations, and we love her for it!

Bel Miller

COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Bel provides the words for Little Cooks Co as well as heading up strategy and data (and generally being completely awesome)

TRACEY SANDALL

CUSTOMER LOVE
Tracey is responsible for ensuring the happiness of all our customers, and she does a fabulous job of it! So if you have a question or query or just want to know more, please don't hesitate to get in touch and Tracey and the team will do their best to help.

ELLA JONES

DESIGN AND CUSTOMER LOVE
Ella joined us at the start of lockdown and has been an absolute lifesaver! Her passion is in design and marketing and she is now the creator behind lots of what you see in the boxes!

JOSHUA SEBASTIAN

CREATIVE DESIGN LEAD
Josh has been with Little Cooks Co since day one, when Little Cooks Co was just an idea. He's our brand guru and covers all things design!

GRAINNE COURTIS

PHOTOGRAPHER AND CREATIVE
Mother to two boys, Grainne has been instrumental in shaping Little Cooks Co into what it is today with her brilliant photography and creative ideas!

NENA FOSTER

RECIPE DEVELOPER
Nena is a trained Natural Chef and works as a recipe developer, kids and family cookery teacher, food stylist, food and nutrition writer and a fermentation specialist. When she is not cooking for work, she enjoys cooking at home with her two kids.

VICKI MONTAGUE

RECIPE DEVELOPER
Also known as the Free From Fairy, Vicki is one of our wonderful recipe developers! Vicki brought to market the world's first wholegrain gluten free flour blend and is extremely talented in creating delicious and nutritious recipes that are free from gluten, egg, dairy and refined sugar

Our charity partnership

Every box we sell also pays for a vulnerable child to attend a Healthy Holiday Club, at which the child is guaranteed a healthy meal alongside enriching activities such as cooking, art and sports.

Feeding Britain believe that access to good quality food for all is possible, and essential for a thriving society. We whole-heartedly agree and feel very proud to support them in their work.