Jess Williamson, Cream City Casseroles, Hales Corners, WI

I encourage anyone who has a food or beverage idea to enter the Hottest Kitchen Challenge. The experience is so rewarding. It was great for me to meet other entrepreneurs. And it was fantastic to speak with the judges. They have so much information to share…they’ve already walked the path! I was so pleased with online, print and social media coverage. I gained Facebook and Twitter followers. It was a great way to build awareness around my business.

Lynn Sbonik, co-founder Beans & Barley, Milwaukee, WI

For several years, I was fortunate to be a Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur judge. It’s an amazing contest because it allows people who have an idea or a dream to see the steps it would take to get to a point where it’s viable for them.

Rob Carmack, Indiana Pickle Company, Indianapolis, IN

Win or lose, the advice you receive from some of the top food people in the city is invaluable. You can take that advice and build the foundation of your company on that. The seed money bought my labels, first batch of jars and I actually had product to sell because of that.

Robyn Wright, kalyANa organics, Dousman, WI

My experience with the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge was wonderful.  Being a winner was a valuable talking point when meeting with prospective clients as I opened new accounts as a young business. The exposure from the Challenge was a credibility boost that I truly appreciated and I felt tremendous support from all those involved.