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Aisling Larkin is a Children's Food & Education Expert and Food Media Broadcaster.

Career Aisling Larkin was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland and began her career in food at the young age of fifteen. Aisling graduated from Trinity College Dublinwith a B.Ed in Home Economics and went on to earn a first class honours Masters of Science in Food Product Development and Culinary Innovation from DIT. Food has always been at the heart of Aisling's life and now after garnering a wealth of national and international experience some os Aisling's key roles include:

Food Media Broadcaster & Content Creator Co-founder of Foodoppi Food Education Consultant Molecular Gastronomist Mindful Eating Expert Paediatric Feeding Consultant <https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/parenting/blooming-taste-buds-275836.html>

Aisling Larkin is a creative food specialist.

With over a decade of experience in designing and creating food for families and children Aisling has honed her skills and secured her place in the food world with experiences ranging from Chapter One to The Cliff at Lyons.

Her flair for recipe creation and food styling combined with her charming and effortless style makes her a delight to watch. Aisling has always shared her passion for food through teaching and empowers her followers with a strong sense of self-belief and a “can do” attitude.

Aisling’s style of cooking is laid back, simple and accessible with a nod to her philosophies of trendy, elegant and nourishing food suitable for family and friends.

Media, Live Events & Experiences Aisling appears as a regular weekly contributor to Virgin Media One’s The 6 O' Clock Show’ as well as discussing her work on radio shows like Today FM, ’Radio One Ray D’Arcy Show,’ ‘Spin 103.8’, WLRfm and more.

Aisling’s recipes are showcased on a number of media platforms including RTE digital, RTE Food, ThreeEats, The Taste, MummyPages, Foodoppi and a host of other traditional print media including the Sunday Times, Irish Times & the Farmers Journal.

Aisling is the resident food writer for the INTO InTouch Magazine with her monthly recipe feature. Which connects with over 36,000 primary school teachers.

She is also the host of all the Foodoppi social media channels and loves interacting with audiences over insta-stories.

Aisling has been commissioned by large government agencies such as Science Foundation Ireland & Bord Bia as well as global & national brands to curate, devise, host and present many live food events and experiences .

Through her molecular gastronomy work at Foodoppi Aisling was one of the headline attractions at Science Week 2017 with a live theatre show ‘The Ultimate Umami Burger” hosted in the infamous Sugar Club, along with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin and live shows at the Convention Centre and Dublin Castle.

Aisling has also curated and hosted entire weekend programmes of hands on workshops & demos for Bord Bia Bloom 2018, and The Taste of Dublin (working for global brand Sony & Homestore & More), Electric Picnic’s Theatre of Food and other live events including the National Ploughing Championships and the Food & Wine Christmas Show.

Food Education Consultant Aisling initially graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.Ed in Home Economics (4 year Degree in Food & Nutrition), and subsequently earned a First Class Hons Masters of Science in Food Product Design & Culinary Innovation from Dublin Institiuon of Technology. With deep rooted philosophies on food culture and heritage, food innovation, creative education, experiential learning and a belief in the concept of a growth mindset Aisling now devises innovative teaching tools and strategies to uniquely combine food and science in such a manner that instils a life long love of learning in future generations. Aisling as a busy working Mom has spent a large portion of 2018 commuting to Finland to work with some of the world leaders in education and food education at the University of Helsinki. She is now developing pilot programmes and co-creation for her food eduction programme with schools in Finland and Hong Kong for 2019.

Aisling is Head of Creative Education at Foodoppi where she is responsible for developing Department of Education and Skills Teacher online training CPD courses in the areas of Food and STEM education and creative food educational campaigns for global brands.

In addition to this, as part of her role in Foodoppi Aisling was also responsible for creating and developing an innovative online cookery school curriculum to inspire parents and families to cook together for the global brand campaign Uncle Ben’s Ben’s Beginners. Aisling also acted as a brand ambassador for this campaign with her contributions helping to drive the campaign metrics to record highs including over digital 7m digital impressions and over 800,000 video views.

Previously Aisling founded and managed The Academy for Junior Chefs, Ireland’s premier children's cookery school at The Cliff at Lyons (formerly Village at Lyons).

Aisling through her work as CEO at Foodoppi was shortlisted for 5 Eir Spider Awards last year and was voted as one of Dublin’s Top Ten Tech Start Ups by RTE and Dublin Globe in 2017.

Paediatric Feeding Consultant Aisling has recently trained at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA in paediatric feeding therapy. This trans-disciplinary program for assessing and treating feeding problems takes into account whole child - organ system, muscles, development, sensory and oral motor skills, learning, behaviour and cognition, nutrition and the environment. Aisling believes the focus should always be on increasing the child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about new and different foods in a playful, fun & non stressful manner. As a young and busy Mum of 2 Aisling knows and identifies with the pains of modern family life. This allows her to connect with her audiences in an authentic and meaningful manner.

Food Philosophies

Flavour Queen - Aisling introduces incredible layers of delicious flavour into each and every recipe she creates using the principle of Umami.

Multi-Sensory - Every recipe developed must have many interesting aspects to engage all the senses in order to allow audiences to truly enjoy the food.

The Why ? - Teaching audiences the scientific reasons behind the WHY of simple culinary techniques has a huge impact on the success and longevity of the message.

Brand Collaborations Aisling has collaborated with a number of brands in the last few years with great success. As children's food specialist Aisling was commissioned by Mars Ireland for their global brand campaign Uncle Ben’s Ben’s Beginners. Aisling also acted as a brand ambassador for this campaign with her contributions helping to drive the campaign metrics to record highs including over digital 7m digital impressions and over 800,000 video views. Aisling has also just launched a nationwide schools campaign with Foodoppi and Glanbia Avonmore SuperMilk, where she created a super science campaign to encourage students to engage with 21st century educational skills and STEM.

Aisling has been collaborating with boutique mother & baby brand JoJo Maman Bebe for the duration of her current pregnancy promoting their A/W ’18 maternity collection on her live weekly TV slots on Virgin Media One and social media. With 2018 being a busy year, Aisling has been working with global food portfolio brand Valeo Foods & DMG Media developing creative content, recipes and live TV demonstrations in conjunction with much loved Irish brand Batchelors. All of the content was cleverly developed to feature as social media content, content for the millennial female target market at Evoke.ie and for batchelors.ie . Aisling has also been a key note speaker at lots of events including Mum Talks and IWish to name a few.

Personal Life

Aisling is a busy working mum to three children, two girls and a boy. Aisling is also a lover of food, style and travel.

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