Thyme for Kids - a family, food, and franchising blog
Thyme for Kids - a family, food, and franchising blog
Into food, family, or franchising? You're in the right place. The recipe for blogging here at YCA is to keep it simple, entertaining, educational, and to the point. We take one simple concept and give you our unique perspective.
From our franchisees, our students, or our corporate staff - if you hear it here, you know it's all us, all original and all fresh. We might tell you the story of a bright young chef who taught his instructor a few things, then next maybe the latest culinary trend (beef tongue sliders?). There is nothing ordinary about any of our franchises, and we delight in sharing the extraordinary "scoop"! Enjoy, comment, and please share.
1:54 PM

Young (& Not-So-Young) Chefs Academy | TV Shows Casting!

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog

Calling all Kids, Parents, & Grandparents! It's Your Turn To Cook on TV! Are you passionate about cooking or baking? Is the kitchen your favorite room in the house? Watch cooking shows every week and think you have what it takes to be a contestant? The most awesome cooking shows are scouring the country looking for YOU!

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Food Network, Cooking Channel, & FOXTV are casting for Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off, Kids Baking Championship, Teen Chopped, and Mo Rocca's Show, My Grandmother’s Ravioli


The Food Network’s hit series, Chopped is set to introduce another all new kid edition and casting calls for aspiring young chefs are happening now. Show your cooking skills to millions of viewers and walk away with fabulous prizes. Chopped is cooking up a lot of specials starring you, or someone you know! Teens, Educators/Instructors, Religious Leaders/Clergy, Moms, Dads, Grandparents and more! Click here for all the info>> YCAChoppedCasting

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Cooking Channel's hit show My Grandmother's Ravioli starring Mo Rocca needs grandmas and grandpas for Season 4! You (or someone you know) could be featured on the series The New Yorker calls "charming" and Media Life Magazine calls "fresh and fun." Audition info>> YCAMyGrandMotherRavioli

Beloved celebrity chef, Rachael Ray is looking for talented young chefs to be part Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off!  Casting calls for boys and girls ages 9-13 with fabulous foodie skills are being set up now >> YCARRKidsCookOff
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Food Network’s new series Kids Baking Championship is about more than sweets and goodies. At stake is a prize package consisting of Read More

4:31 PM

Come Taste the Adventure with Young Chefs Academy Camp Can-I-Cook® Summer Mini-Camps!

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog

Summer camp has been a tradition for over 100 years in America. Parents send their kids and teens to many different camps - from baseball to space camp - to try new things, meet new people, and challenge themselves, but having FUN is what camp is all about! And fun is the main ingredient at the one and only summer cooking camp in the Nation. At Young Chefs Academy's Camp Can-I-Cook® Summer Mini-Camps, campers get to experience new tastes and learn to prepare recipes from various cuisines. Here are some other important summer camp benefits... 

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Favorite Summer Camp Can-I-Cook® Pros:

  • Wow, you mean there's plenty to do that does't involve TV, the internet and the ever-present cell phone?! Camp is real life engagement with actual people. Face to face. Which brings us to… 
  • Kids learn lifelong social and kitchen skills that they will use forever! Camp Can-I-Cook® provides excellent instruction, equipment and programs in a welcoming environment for kids to enhance their kitchen skills, no matter what their level.
  • Camp builds confidence with non-competitive play. Camp teaches kids that they can cook. Succeed. Learn. Do anything! 
  • Free from the school social scene, Read More

10:37 AM

Young Chefs Academy Students on The Dr. Oz Show!

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog

With over 4 million viewers daily and broadcast in 118 countries, we were a tiny bit thrilled to see our Young Chefs Academy chefs on The Dr. Oz Show!

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Search the Dr. Oz Show's website for "kids cooking" and 3440 results show up. Clearly, they're dedicated to kids nutrition, food safety, kids health, and our favorite subject… cooking with kids!

April 10th's show, the "Biggest Bang For Your Buck" featured budget boosting tips to stay healthy without breaking the bank. Celebrity chef Danielle Saunders, (who cooks for Oprah and Tom Hanks) past winner of the Food Network's Chopped was the guest, as well as a few "up and coming chefs" from… you guessed it! Young Chefs Academy! 

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Josh Reisner, long time Forest Hills YCA student and top 10 finalist on Master Chef Jr. was a guest on the show! Chef Danielle helped Josh plan his next weekly dinner party with pate-substitute, liverwurst - Josh was charming, knowledgeable, and an excellent guest. We are so proud of Josh (in his well-earned YCA Master Chef Jacket!). Click here to see how you can earn your own! 

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Taped questions from 12-year old Mora and Lucas and 14-year old Victoria were filmed from Young Chefs Academy, Marlboro, New Jersey. The kids asked Chef Danielle relevant questions about berries, salmon, and kale chips.

The Young Chefs Academy kids did an amazing job and we couldn't be more proud! Chefs Hats off to you all!

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