The ‘Shark Tank’ effect is what one Plymouth woman hopes for her business

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Bee Free Honee creator gives her pitch on reality TV show Feb. 12

Katie Sanchez and her husband, Agustin, stand in front of her creation Bee Free Honee on the shelves of the Minnetonka Whole Foods location. (Sun Sailor photo by Kristen Miller)

Katie Sanchez and her husband, Agustin, stand in front of her creation Bee Free Honee on the shelves of the Minnetonka Whole Foods location. (Sun Sailor photo by Kristen Miller)

A product that was created from a mishap in the kitchen, has the potential to turn a Plymouth woman’s dream into reality as she makes her pitch as a contestant on the hit TV reality show “Shark Tank.”

Katie Sanchez, creator and owner of Bee Free Honee, came up with a new product by happenstance.

In 1999, she was a fatigued new mother who was excited to get back into the kitchen following eight long months of living in a hospital after her son was born prematurely. Born at just 23 weeks, he weighed 1.3 pounds and had just become a viable life, Sanchez recalled.

Sanchez is a trained pastry chef having attended the Culinary School of the Arts in Louisiana.

She had also grown up on an apple orchard and bee farm, as her dad was an avid beekeeper. “Apple picking is a part of my DNA,” she said, which is why she was so disappointed to have missed that year’s harvest.

When her husband, Agustin, brought home fruits of her family’s labor, Sanchez headed straight to the kitchen.

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