My name is Sally Berrie. I just wanted to write a few words about how Littlechef-bigchef came about.
A family run business, we first went online in 2008 with the intention of supplying quality cooking gifts for adults and children. We focused mainly on textiles – aprons and chef uniforms, and kitchen utensils.
Over time we have been able to develop and expand both of these ranges. We road test our baking products and utensils in the family kitchen. Our ever growing loyal customer base have also given us some great feedback on what they would like to see.
So, in 2012 we launched our own branded range of cooking aprons, chef hats, skull caps for little chefs and their big chefs and also children’s chef uniforms. These are all British made, top quality and come in both traditional checks and some fresh funky new colours. The cooking apron and hat sets come in a clear presentation bag, and with prices starting under £10 have proved to be an instant bestseller for us.
Home baking has undergone a huge resurgence in recent years. The BAFTA winning TV phenomena of the Great British Bake Off with cook Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood have inspired a whole new generation of home cooks. Other celebrity chefs such as Lorraine Pascale, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson also regularly grace our screens and bookshelves with great recipes and ideas. Therefore it was a natural progression to expand our products in the homebaking range – hopefully you will find all of the baking trays, muffin tins, baking beans you need to wow your friends and family with cakes, flans, breads and pies galore. We’ve also decided to explore other traditional skills, and offer jam-making kits and accessories. At Littlechef-Bigchef, as our name suggests we are committed to encouraging kids to cook.
We also supply schools, nurseries and cookery clubs with our extensive range of kids aprons, chef uniforms and baking equipment. Some of the ‘kids cooking sets; on the market are really just toys. We have road tested our children’s utensils range – selecting only the top quality products which are essentially adult cooking tools specially adapted and scaled down for smaller hands.
So why cook with kids?
As a mother of two I believe passionately that this is a life skill that they need to learn – the earlier the better. I don’t want my son or daughter leaving home and existing on ready meals. But it’s much more than just learning how to feed yourself and your family. I believe kids need to connect with food. Not just buying stuff in packets from supermarket shelves. Through cooking – weighing, sifting, mixing, cutting and baking, kids can witness the magic of turning raw ingredients into dinner, lunch, pic-nics and cakes. This hands-on experience nurtures a curiosity about how food grows and where it comes from. Eating seasonally with the freshest ingredients with the least food miles. Picky eaters are far more likely to sample a new taste or dish if they have created it themselves. Taking the time to involve the kids in the preparation of the family meal combines providing entertainment with nourishment.
In January 2013 we were awarded a #WOW award by female entreprener Jacqueline Gold, named Most Inspirational Celebrity at the Inspirational Women Awards 2012 . We are delighted that she liked our website and brand and supported what we are trying to achieve.
We have recently relaunched our blog. Through this and social media we encourage customers, schools, artisans, farmers markets and the baking community to contact us and share information and ideas.
At littlechef-bigchef we believe cooking and eating should be fun. Getting kids cooking is not just about promoting healthy eating, but nurturing a healthy attitude towards food. Hopefully it’s all here for you, but if you have any special requests or suggestions I am always happy to get customer feedback so please feel free to email me: