Project description

Business Owners: Valerie Kukahiko & Brittany Nelson
Business: Little Sous Chef
Location: Highland, Utah

Meet Valerie Kukahiko and Brittany Nelson
Valerie and Brittany are the owners of Little Sous Chef, an internet and social media based company that teaches you to cook alongside your kids. “You get to teach your kids, cook with them, and feed your family all at the same time,” said Brittany. They wanted to provide a resource for parents that was geared towards helping their kids. At the same time they wanted to provide quality meals for their family instead of just doing kid foods. “I had the idea to have my kids involved in the cooking process, and I had the idea to have recipes with steps specifically for kids to do.” Says Valerie

The Little Sous Chef Journey
The ideas behind Little Sous Chef started out a lot more intense. Plans for a cookbook, instructional videos, and even partnering with other business quickly, “snowballed to an over the top idea and it got really overwhelming. We weren’t ready for that big of a commitment.” The idea started as a way to help their families and they didn’t want to leave those roots by all of the sudden being wrapped up in this project. So they decided to keep it simple, to balance business and family life, and of course, keep the whole project self-funded. They make sure to take their growth a step at a time, and are currently working on collaborations with other blogs and businesses.

“I have had a recipe blog for years and I always wanted to do more with it. I had the idea to have my kids involved in the cooking process and to have recipes with steps specifically for your kids. I knew I would need someone to help me get it started and Brittany was the natural fit.” — “We wanted a resource that parents can use with their children, and we have that special format that is geared towards kids, but we didn’t want it to be just typical kids food. So you get to teach your kids, cook with them, and feed your family good meals all at the same time.”

The Little Sous Chef Journey
The ideas behind Little Sous Chef started out a lot more intense. Plans for a cookbook, instructional videos, and even partnering with other business quickly, “snowballed to an over the top idea and it got really overwhelming. We weren’t ready for that big of a commitment.” The idea started as a way to help their families and they didn’t want to leave those roots by all of the sudden being wrapped up in this project. So they decided to keep it simple, to balance business and family life, and of course, keep the whole project self-funded. They make sure to take their growth a step at a time, and are currently working on collaborations with other blogs and businesses.

The Reward
Valerie and Brittany love being a positive influence on others, “Our idea is not just a personal thing, but also it’s something other people are doing. It’s so rewarding to know that our idea is an improvement in other peoples homes.” Of course it has also benefited them personally, Brittany says, “It’s helped me personally, because now I am very focused on what I can have my kids help me with. Now I am a better cook and mother to my kids. It used to be, “Let’s turn on a show for the kids and then make dinner, but now, I can teach them…”

Use Your Connections
Brittany and Valerie say their best advice is simply to use your connections and to network as much as possible. Keep working and trying until you figure out what is going to be best for you. Ask questions to all types of people and bring them together to make your own decisions.