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Cook it: We take care of planning, you take care of yourself.

Cook it was created in 2014 by three friends with big dreams: Judith, Patrick and Thomas, in an effort to reduce food waste and relieve the mental load associated with meal planning. Cook it was Canada’s first ready-to-cook company, and the first company to come up with an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional meal kit.

Today, Cook it is part of the country’s 300 biggest employers and is a true pioneer in the Canadian ready-to-cook industry. The company now offers ready-to-eat meals as well as local products in its Pantry and reaches thousands of customers all around Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.

“Every day, we try to get closer to perfection with our products, because in the end, we’re just like our customers: we want to simplify our lives, without compromise.”

Judith Fetzer, president and co-founder

Cook it’s story, by Judith Fetzer

2014

2014

The creation of Cook it

Our story begins here. It’s the story of three crazy friends, Patrick, Thomas and myself, with big plans to change the way people eat.

2014

The beginnings

At the launch of Cook it, we did everything ourselves: recipes, purchasing, prep, advertising, social media, customer service, deliveries, EVERYTHING. We operated out of a small 200-square-foot space on Saint-Viateur, in Montreal, and that was enough for us.

2014

Our first employee

Nine months after launching Cook it, sales began to go down, and so did my mood. One day, Paul, a finance graduate from HEC Montréal, came in for an interview in front a very pregnant and slightly demotivated girl (me). For a reason I have yet to understand, he accepted to become Cook it’s first employee, and my right-hand man and associate.

2014

Our appearance on Dans l’œil du dragon

June 1st, 2014: Cook it starts recovering thanks to its appearance on Dans l’œil du dragon. The show introduces the company to over a million Quebec viewers and generates exceptional results. The team is overwhelmed, but excited.

2015

Our first intern

In August 2015, baby Antoine joins our family. During his first year, he follows me everywhere: at the bank, at meetings with new suppliers, at job interviews… He’s my first intern.

2015

Meeting Elic

During a pitch for our respective companies, I meet Elic, who’s now an associate and the chief technology officer at Cook it. I have an immediate professional crush and decide to add him to the team.

2015

Our first acquisition

Cook it continues to grow. I meet Alexandre Caron, founder of Kuisto. The company catches our attention and becomes our first acquisition.

2016

Our appearance on Dragon’s Den (Canadian version)

I’m back on TV, but this time on the English version of Dragon’s Den. I show up on set with no other intention than to make a publicity stunt, but leave with a new business partner: Arlene Dickinson. Around the same time, I get “adopted” by one of Canada’s biggest entrepreneurs, Mr. Alain Bouchard from Couche-Tard through the Adopte Inc. program. With the help of these partners, we launch our biggest awareness campaign ever.

2018

The introduction of the sustainable kit and the Pantry

In November 2018, the whole team and I want to revolutionize the ready-to-cook industry by launching the first eco-friendly version of meal kits—the sustainable kit— a pilot project that we’ll test for two years. We’re also launching our Pantry, an online grocery store of 100% local products.

2019

The acquisition of MissFresh

The following year, we take on our second acquisition and purchase MissFresh, one of the five major companies of the industry operating in Quebec.

2020

The pandemic

A few months after this acquisition, COVID-19 comes knocking on our door. The company goes from 200 to 500 employees in just a month and has its orders triple. Everyone jumps in to help, even the office staff and I lend a hand to the production team. The sustainable kit is put on hold.

2020

The evolution of the menu

In April, we add variety to the menu with brunches and happy hour options. Cook it becomes the first Quebec ready-to-cook company to offer these options on a weekly basis.

2020

Cook it keeps growing

Today, the team counts over 700 employees and keeps growing every month. It’s with great pride and pleasure that we see our company evolve and our projects diversify. The fun is far from being over!

We are #1 in online experience in Canada.

You heard it from Leger, not us*

According to Leger Marketing’s 2020 WOW study, Cook it is the highest-ranked meal kit delivery service in terms of customer experience in the food delivery category. It’s now the second year in a row that we’re ranked in this category and we couldn’t be prouder.

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