Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
13-year-old Lizzie Marie Likness is the founder of Lizzie Marie Cuisine, a successful website that she started when she was 6 years-old. The site features videos, recipes and blogs to help kids eat and live healthier and discover that cooking can be fun.
Lizzie Marie Likness, founder of Lizzie Marie Cuisine, on the Rachael Ray show.
Lizzie Marie started helping her mom in the kitchen at the age of 2. The teenager recalls: “My mom and grandmother taught me how to cook. My mom would take me into the kitchen and put me on the counter, and I’d be her taste tester. If she was making soup or apple sauce, I’d stir the pot, add spices.”
When she was six-years-old, Lizzie Marie decided she would pay for the horseback riding lessons, by selling homemade baked goods at a local farmers market. She soon discovered she enjoyed sharing her passion for healthy cooking with others.
Lizzie then asked her dad to design the Lizzie Marie Cuisine website for her, where she continues to post videos of her cooking healthy foods. Her website brought her many opportunities. It enabled her to become a spokesperson for the American Heart Association at events for their Go Red for Women campaign. It also allowed her to work with the NFL Atlanta Falcons for their First Down for Fitness program, which teaches elementary students the importance of eating healthy and exercising.
Lizzie even appeared on the Rachael Ray show as a finalist for the Kindness Challenge, which shows that you are never too young to do what you are passionate about. Lizzie Marie has also filmed a series of 12 online cooking videos for WebMD, called “Healthy Cooking with Chef Lizzie,” where she cooks her own recipes in a fun, engaging way for kids and parents. While she already has many achievements under her belt, Lizzie has big plans. The young entrepreneur intends to launch a healthy-cooking cookbook, packaged food products as well as a cookware line.
For Lizzie, the key to a successful business is passion and communication. The teenager runs Lizzie Marie Cuisine alongside her parents and her manager. Buying ingredients and supplies for cooking classes that she was locally teaching and purchasing a business license required funding. Lizzie applied for grants, because she didn’t want to keep borrowing money from her parents.
Lizzie Marie says she intends to go to college, but she would also like, at some point, to have her own TV show and make Lizzie Marie Cuisine a household name. When advising other young entrepreneurs, Lizzie Marie emphasized: “You should just do what you love, whatever it may be, even if you aren’t sure you can do it now. People always ask, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I don’t think you should wait until you grow up. I say, “I already have my own business. Hopefully, I’ll have a TV show when I grow up.” I think doing what you love is the biggest part. Don’t be afraid to do what you love.” She concluded: ”The greatest reward is doing what you love for the good of others.”
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