Michele Hoskins is one of the investors featured in Food Network's reality series "Food Fortunes."

Michele Hoskins is an author and award-winning entrepreneur who created a multi-million dollar company around a recipe, consisting of three ingredients, developed by her great- great- great grandmother (a former slave) and passed down through her family. Michele inspires her audience to discover their own recipe for success; she encourages them to dare to dream, seek to beat impossible odds, and to aspire to change their lives.

Hoskins is the founder and president of Michele Foods, a manufacturer of specialty breakfast syrups based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Her products are sold in 8,000 stores inclusive of the top major retail chains in the United States.

Hoskins built her business around a secret syrup recipe that was developed by her great- great- great grandmother (a former slave) and passed down through her family; she was a newly divorced mother with no startup capital and three young daughters to support when she made the decision to turn the recipe into a commercial product in the early 1980s. She sold all her possessions, moved her family into her mother's attic and spent lean years pursuing her dream.
At first Hoskins filled the bottles from a 55-gallon drum of syrup she formulated and had delivered to her mother's basement. She sold the hand-filled product to local groceries in her neighborhood. That same year Hoskins secured the top two largest retail chains in the Chicago area, which took her out of the basement into 400 retail stores. She went on to become the first minority supplier for both Denny's and Wal-Mart, and she has partnered with companies such as General Mills and Sara Lee.

The recipe that started it all is now known as Michele's Honey crème Syrup, a rich creamy confection that includes generous helping of honey and butter. She also sells Michele's Butter Pecan, and Maple Crème Syrups.

Hoskins has achieved much success throughout her 28 years in business. Her journey has been featured on CNN's morning show, "Personal Journey," three times on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," twice on CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch," BET, and Microsoft Business Summit. Hoskins has also had feature articles in Fortune, People, Black Enterprise, Ebony and Essence Magazines, to name a few.

Hoskins has received numerous awards including 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Women Foodservice Forum, Black Enterprise Magazine's Emerging Company of the Year Award, The Entrepreneurial Women Award, Madam Walker Entrepreneurial Award, Lifetime Achiever Award from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and an honorary doctorate degree from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Hoskins is also the author of "Sweet Expectations," an inspirational and emotionally charged story showing how the power of family, faith, and self-determination can transcend even the darkest days ... and lead to sweet, sweet success. Because of her desire to see other minorities get access and succeed in the food business, she developed a mentoring program, "From Recipe to Retail." More than 100 individuals have participated in the program and many have their product in retail chains across the country.

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