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.
4:33 PM

New Young Chefs Academy Location Earns Acclaim through Local Media Coverage

Young Chefs Academy holds a special place in our communities – connecting in so many meaningful ways with local families who put their trust in us. Given this compelling dynamic between Young Chefs Academy and our students/families, we’re able to attract positive media attention across multiple platforms locally and nationwide.

Recently, Young Chefs Academy’s new Seminole, Florida location and franchisee, Jessica Yuen, was featured in the Seminole Beacon, the main daily print publication in her local market. Profiled as a business leader and talented entrepreneur, the feature piece demonstrates just how rewarding it has been for Jessica to transition into business ownership through a concept that allows her to be creatively fulfilled while enriching the community.


Clearly, Jessica has made an emotional investment in Young Chefs Academy, which she discusses is similar to how much she cares about her family and community.

“Food brings families together. It’s a representation of love to me,” says Yuen in the article. “[We are teaching] life skills. What a great idea to teach them to children, who can continue them on.”

Click here to read the full story in the Seminole Beacon.

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4:31 PM

YCA Franchise Owner Offers Advice on How to Better Utilize Kitchen Space

We’re all guilty of it – countertops and drawers get cluttered with small appliances, tools and gadgets that may or may not serve a specific purpose. Many home cooks eschew one-use tools (think garlic presses, meat claws and egg cubers) because of the space they take up – so this fall, why not take a closer look at your kitchen gadget drawer, and see where some cuts can be made?

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Some of our favorite ways to cut down on clutter:

• Invest in a quality chefs knife. Egg cutters, avocado slicers, scallion shredders and more can be tossed, recycled or donated – a sharp knife will make easy work of these kitchen tasks.

• Dig out the shredding disks on your food processor. Remember those metal plates that came in the food processor box? They’re probably in a cabinet somewhere, possibly still in their bags. Find them, give them a wash and put them to good use – you can shred, puree and thinly slice food with ease!

At Young Chefs Academy, we teach our students the value of organization – not only to save space, but also as a way to be aware of time and cleanliness while cooking.
What are your favorite ways to organize your kitchen? Share your photos with us on our Facebook page here!

This post was written by Julie Krumme, the owner of Young Chefs Academy of Lenexa, Kansas.

4:24 PM

Usher in the Flavors of Fall with This Tasty Recipe!

This fall, Young Chefs Academy is fully embracing the flavors of the season, utilizing the freshest ingredients to enhance the recipes we teach to our ambitious Young Chefs. This year, we’ve got pumpkin on our minds!

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One of our favorite recipes to make with our Young Chefs is Spiced Pumpkin Mini Tarts – not only is it a portable treat, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to work on pastry skills such as piping, blind-baking crusts and decoration. Check out the recipe below – and for an extra challenge, make your own pie crust! We like this recipe.

We’d love to see how your Spiced Pumpkin Mini Tarts turn out – post a picture and tag us on Instagram, or share it to our Facebook page! Happy baking!

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