Hillary, originally from New York, was living in London when she and her husband had their first baby, Monty, in 2006.
Hillary was shocked to find that baby and toddler food sold in the supermarkets had a shelf life of up to two years. She believed that fresh, healthy, good tasting food belonged in the fridge, not on a shelf.
So, from her flat in Notting Hill, she started Little Dish: a range of fresh meals just like families make in their own kitchens, using only 100% natural ingredients and no additives or preservatives.
Hillary worked closely with a nutritionist to ensure each Little Dish meal was perfectly nutritionally balanced.
Monty became the first Little Dish ‘Chief Taster’, ensuring that every veggie-packed recipe passed the toddler taste test.
In 2009, when Monty’s little brother Ridley was born, he became the second Little Dish ‘Chief Taster’. By this stage, Little Dish had recruited over 100 Tiny Tasters across the country to join their tasting panel.
In 2014 Hillary’s husband, Dean, joined the business as CEO and they became a husband and wife team, with a mission to bring fresh, healthy meals to families in the UK and beyond.
Little Dish made its debut in the US in September, 2020
Little Dish is proud and honoured to have won many prestigious awards over the years, including Loved by Parents Best Toddler Food; FDF Health & Wellbeing Champion; Daily Telegraph SME of the Year; and Daily Mail Mumpreneur of the Year.
Hillary created Little Dish to make a positive impact on children's lives through nutrition and to this day we continue our mission to set up every child for success.
We are the pioneers of fresh toddler nutrition. By providing fresh, nutritious food, Little Dish helps parents nourish their toddlers every day.
We believe that good nutritional habits provide toddlers with the essential building blocks they need to fuel their success. We accomplish this by creating meals that are full of all the nutritious ingredients a toddler needs at this very important stage of growth.
Little Dish is more than a perfectly balanced meal. It’s the power to create a happier, more adventurous toddler filled with the right energy to fully discover the world around them at this amazing stage.
It’s the power to set toddlers up to thrive for years to come.
Meet Dr. Nicole Avena, Ph.D.
Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition for babies and toddlers. We are delighted Nicole is part of our Little Dish team, helping us to ensure every Little Dish recipe delivers a complete nutritionally balanced meal for your toddler.
Nicole received a Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006 before going on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
Currently, Nicole resides as Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and is a Visiting Professor in Health Psychology at Princeton University. She has published over 90 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet and nutrition and has won awards for her research from groups including the New York Academy of Science and the American Psychological Association.
Nicole’s most recent book, What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler (2018), covers nutrition for babies who are just beginning to eat, and offers science-based advice and practical tips on how to get your baby to eat healthy foods.
Nicole lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband and two daughters, Vivie, 3 and Stella, 9. Follow Nicole on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
What Nicole says about us:
“I’ve worked closely with Hillary and the Little Dish team to ensure their range of fresh toddler meals are perfectly nutritionally balanced and full of goodness. Feeding your children fresh, nutritious food from the start encourages healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their life.”