Jillian Stout of CooKit Kids food is pictured at Today FM studios, with Kevin Dundon and Anton Savage. Jillian was the winner of the Food Academy competition, in conjunction with SuperValu and Today FM, for her innovative CooKit Kids products. The kits are a simple, easy to follow cookery lesson in a box for kids.
As part of the coveted prize, Jillian was awarded €10,000 to help boost her business as well as a place on the prestigious Food Academy programme. The competition has been running over the last 5 weeks, with Jillian beating off stiff competition from numerous other innovative start up food producers.
The 5 week competition saw Jillian sampling her produce in her local SuperValu store in Ashbourne, with superb customer feedback. Voting on behalf of the judges – Eamon Howell, SuperValu Trading Director, Kevin Dundon, SuperValu brand ambassador and Tom Durcan, SuperValu supplier – was unanimously in favour of the CooKit Kids product. Jillian also drummed up extensive votes from listeners on Today FM, which saw hundreds of people logging on and voting for her product.
Food Academy is a joint initiative between SuperValu, Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office Network and was established in 2014 to support small food companies in Ireland. Based in Ashbourne in Meath, keep an eye out for Jillian’s products in her local SuperValu store.