Omari McQueen is not your average 11-year-old boy. He is the youngest award-winning chef in the UK and the founder and CEO of Dipalicious. So how did Omari get the gumption to start his own vegan food company?
It started when he was just seven years old. His mother became ill with hemiplegic migraines. The McQueen family decided to teach their two eldest sons, Laquarn and Omari, to cook. The goal was to take some of the pressure off of their mom so she could have more energy to do some of the other things that needed to be done around the home.
Omari took to cooking right off the bat and decided that he wanted to become a chef. The more that he cooked for the family, the more his passion for cooking grew.
Around the same time, Omari came across a PETA UK video on YouTube. It inspired him not only to become vegan himself but also to teach other children about the food that they eat. He started a YouTube channel and filmed himself making a vegan pizza. When the pizza was too dry, Omari looked for a way to moisten it but feared that Heinz tomato sauce might not be vegan. Instead, he created a dip to enhance his pizza. That dip, the Caribbean kick, was so great that he decided to sell it, and that was the beginning of Dipalicious.
Today, Dipalicious sells a variety of vegan dips, snacks, juice packs, and seasonings. Omari continues to research new techniques regularly and teaches workshops out of his home. He was the recipient of the 2018 Entrepreneur Hero Under 12 Award, the Compassionate Kids Award, and the Proud and Gifted Award. Every day, he strives for excellence, even as he continues to grow his product offerings. He’s saving up to buy a bus and convert it into a restaurant where he can sell prepared vegan meals for children like him.
Now this extremely talented young man needs sponsorship to set up his restaurant which will help people all round the world and any change you can spare please help this lad bring goodness to this world.
We need to reach £2500 by the 15th August so we dont have long and any support you can offer on any amount we will be hughely grateful!