Founder of Cooktime with Remmi / Chef Club BoxRemmi Smith is a Chinese-American teen entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Cook Time with Remmi, a health based company for kids and families, and Chef Club Box, a subscription snack box service delivering healthy, on-the-go snacks each month. She first started in 2008 at the age of eight years old by hosting an online cooking show featuring kid-friendly and healthy recipes. Cook Time with Remmi was then picked up by Cox Communications and aired on the Local Cable Channel in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Market. The show focused on a kid teaching other kids how to cook healthy so they could eat healthy – combatting the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States – and on encouraging kids to have fun in the kitchen. Cox aired the show on the local cable channel 20 times a week.
She later became the cooking columnist for Amazing Kids! e-magazine and Tulsa Kidsmagazine. That same year, Apple selected her and six other students across the United States to be a “Rock Star Learner.” In 2011, she hosted The Culinary Kid series in the Tulsa Area, partnering with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology’s Culinary Arts Program. Through this show, Thermador, Whole Foods Market, and Restaurant Equipment and Supply sponsored her. She also created a partnership with the production company Blue House Media. The Ask. Listen. Learn. Organization named her a “Super Star” and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibilities named her one of “Top 20 to Watch.” She began selling her Italian salad dressing in Whole Foods Market in the Tulsa market. She became the Student Ambassador of Health and Nutrition for North America for Sodexo. Through this partnership, she worked with executive chefs from 500 school districts across America, curated recipes that are served in 4000 cafeterias, and made 4 video series for their Fresh Pick Program in front of an audience of 3.5 million kids.
She wrote her first cookbook Global Cooking for Kids partnering with Ideaworks Food Marketing to publish. Global Cooking for Kids won a Gold Addy. She also joined the Teen Entrepreneur Network of Independent Youth, an organization empowering teens to explore entrepreneurship using the power of peer mentorship. She later became a Junior Board Member as well. Smith had weekly cooking segment appearances on KTUL-TV, an ABC affiliate, and on KOKI-TV, a CBS affiliate. She also became a national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry2 campaign. She has had recipe and biographical features in So, You Want to Be a Chef?, Future Chefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World, Rachel Ray’s Yum-o! and Zagat. She is the sole teen mentor for Thrive15, an online university for entrepreneurial skills. Smith has partnered with iFoody TV to play her videos internationally.
She won the “Get Started Tulsa” competition formed by Cox Business and Inc. Magazine with her new startup Chef Club Box. Smith is a 2016 “Global Teen Leader” for Three Dot Dash of the We Are Family Foundation. She was named “Top 20 Entrepreneurs” by Teen Business. Huffington Post and Food Tank named her as one of “20 Young People Changing the Food System.” She was featured on their international list of “101 Innovators Creating a Better Food System” and was one of “3 Newcomers Finding a Better Way to Feed the World.”