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NEWS: The Spice & Tea Exchange Partners with Chopped Junior Champion Danielle McNerney

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The Spice & Tea Exchange, a gourmet retailer offering an extensive selection of spices, loose-leaf teas, seasonings and naturally flavored sugars and salts, has announced an ongoing partnership with teen chef Danielle McNerney, a Chopped Junior champion and competitor on Food Fighters. Elevating the company's mission of Creating & Sharing the Experience of a More Flavorful Life, the partnership aims to encourage teens across America to learn the valuable art of cooking.    

As a part of the partnership, McNerney will introduce a line of new, teen-friendly Chef to Table™ kits, featuring ingredients offered at The Spice & Tea Exchange. Each kit offers kitchen tips and easy-to-follow steps for any level cook. Initial recipes include Sweet & Salty Cake Squares and Chipotle Steak Bowls; delicious options to serve the entire family, with more options to come. Additionally, Danielle will serve as a guest blogger on The Spice & Tea Exchange's culinary blog, and will consistently share a variety of new, teen-friendly recipes – including Grilled Cheese Poppers, Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches, Cheesy French Fries and more. McNerney's goal is to provide teens with creative, yet simple recipes to inspire them to get in the kitchen and cook on their own.

"By cooking at a young age, you learn to appreciate food and where every ingredient comes from. You also become more conscious of what you eat every day," said McNerney. "The Spice & Tea Exchange is the perfect partner in my journey to encourage teens to cook. We are all connected by food, and believe that, no matter your age, you can successfully master the art of cooking."

McNerney's passion for cooking sparked when she was eight years-old, after her mother was diagnosed with cancer. When her mother entered remission, McNerney wanted to help her family eat healthier by preparing fresh, flavorful meals at home. She quickly fell in love with cooking and mixing ingredients and spices together to create new flavors. Today, McNerney is committed to encouraging other teens in America to learn valuable cooking skills. Along with appearing on Chopped Junior and Food Fighters, McNerney is the founder and CEO of SAVE the MOMS – a business on a mission to help teens make healthy, delicious meals at home.

McNerney often visited The Spice & Tea Exchange of Frederick, Maryland, referring to the shop as a "food lovers' paradise." Each visit, she would explore new spices and seasonings, which inspired new recipes for her to try at home. As a big supporter of the brand, McNerney decided to visit one day, and share her mission and the philosophy behind SAVE the MOMS to see if there was a partnership opportunity. As fate would have it, a franchise field consultant at The Spice & Tea Exchange, was at the shop. She was moved by McNerney's story and mission, and brought the idea of a partnership to Amy Freeman, CEO of The Spice & Tea Exchange.

"Danielle is an inspirational young chef, with a wealth of knowledge about cooking to share with others. We look forward to working with her to create recipes and products that will encourage the younger generation to cook at home," said Freeman. "As a mom myself, I understand the value of learning how to cook at a young age, and that cooking can offer a positive, creative activity for everyone in the family. Moms everywhere will love the tasty meals their kids will make for them using Danielle's recipes."  

With over 60 locations across the country, The Spice & Tea Exchange provides a culinary experience for all ages. Every store features eighteenth century trading post décor, with a charming atmosphere and flavorsome aromas. Upon arrival, visitors are immersed in a sensory experience where they can freely explore the shop, open jars of fragrant spices, and receive helpful advice from a passionate, involved staff. Employees also hand-mix custom spice blends, bag teas and craft unique gifts right in front of guests.

McNerney's Chef to Table™ kits will be offered in select The Spice & Tea Exchange locations starting July 2018. To find the nearest store, please visit

About The Spice & Tea Exchange

The Spice & Tea Exchange® was founded in 2008 with a vision to create a one-of-a-kind retail shopping experience. The company has 60+ franchise stores across the United States, providing guests with more than 140 spices, 85 exclusive hand-mixed blends, over 30 exotic teas, naturally-flavored sugars, salts from around the world, gourmet gifts and accessories. For more information, visit For franchising information, visit

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