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.
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Celebrate Mother’s Day, Young Chefs Academy Style!

Mother's Day

Many of our formative memories include food, whether it was helping a beloved parent or grandparent in the kitchen, a family cookout or an especially memorable meal with friends and loved ones.

The evidence to support the role of something as simple as eating together as a family is overwhelming – children who eat dinner at the table with family members are happier, healthier and do better in school, according to some studies.

At Young Chefs Academy, we recognize the important role that the kitchen plays in the lives of children, and we applaud you for fostering the love of food, cooking and community in the lives of your children. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Young Chefs Academy Makes Headlines in National Business Publication

As increasing numbers of children discover just how rewarding it is to explore their creative side through structured culinary education, the unique franchise opportunity at Young Chefs Academy continues to shine as well.

Recently, Texas-based franchisee Nora Wachter-Lerner was interviewed in Entrepreneur's "Franchise Players" column where she discussed her background, leaving her career in the corporate world to pursue her passion for cooking and teaching. She uses the widely read, national business magazine as a platform to talk more about how Young Chefs Academy allows her to discover the joys of small business ownership and direct interaction with creative-minded children.

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"Our curriculum doesn't stop at teaching kids how to cook. It opens the door to a new world of emotional and intellectual maturity for our students," said Wachter-Lerner. "I am very passionate about the way this concept touches people's lives in such a positive and lasting way, and I want to share that with more people."

Click here to read the full story on Entrepreneur.

For more information on Young Chefs Academy, its curriculum innovations and franchising opportunities, visit

We appreciate your interest in Young Chefs Academy!

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Spring Flavors

Spring is in the air, the last of the snow has melted away and the earth is giving forth a bounty of delicious, fresh spring fruits and vegetables! Brighten up your meals utilizing the best of the season. Here are some quick meal ideas that we love this spring.

Dress up a quiche with leeks, peas, asparagus and bacon. Easy to put together and easier to reheat for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner, quiche is the perfect vehicle for spring vegetables. Try rendering bacon and sweating the leeks, asparagus pieces and peas in the bacon fat, then add it to a quiche filling of eggs, cream, salt and cheese. Bonus – your Young Chef can practice his or her piecrust skills!

Spring Flavors

Take advantage of sweet strawberries and sour rhubarb with a quick compote, perfect for spooning over vanilla ice cream, eating with Brie or Camembert, spread on toast or even as a spread on a turkey sandwich. Cook down fresh strawberries and chunks of rhubarb with sugar and water. The natural pectin will thicken the mixture. After you take it off the heat, season it with a pinch of salt, vanilla and nutmeg.

With so many delicious fruits and vegetables in season, the opportunities for fresh, healthy food are limitless. Dig in!

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