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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Thyme for Cooking: Our Favorite Holiday Cookbooks of 2014

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

Thyme for Cooking: Our Favorite Holiday Cookbooks of 2014
There has never been a better year to be a cooking enthusiast! There are cooking shows, cooking movies, cooking magazines, blogs, and books. 2014 has, in particular, been a year of the Chef. We've seen more and more cooking-centric focus on the Chef, his personality, style, and views… and for obvious reasons, we love that!

Most of these chefs are becoming publishers by putting out amazing cookbooks telling the most beautiful, creative, innovative cooking stories…. and there are so many to choose from! To celebrate the best month of the year to be into cooking, we give you a few of our favorites. Must-haves for you, your young chef, or the chef in your life… happy holidays from all of us here at Young Chefs Academy!



For the Entertainer:
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten 

Holiday entertaining? Relax. Ina to the rescue with recipes, each including clear instructions, for what you can do ahead of time. Can I make it ahead? How far in advance? Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, Read More

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Gingerbread House Fairy Tales

Thyme for Kids… a family, food, and franchising blog
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Gingerbread House History? Not Really….
While researching for this post, which was originally titled, "The History of the Gingerbread House", we discovered something frankly a little more interesting. Fabulous facts and startling stories. Like did you know there is a $78,000 Gingerbread House? Or that a gingerbread house built last year was so big it required a building permit? History aside (but included at the end for good measure), enjoy our favorite Gingerbread House stories… one bite at a time.



World's Most Expensive Gingerbread House Costs $78,000

The world's most expensive gingerbread house comes with real rubies and pearls of course! Pastry chef Georgia Green will fashion a realistic gingerbread confection replica of your home for the astounding cost of nearly $78,000, shipping not included. Read More

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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, and 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.



But first…. The Beginning. A good Place to Start.


Most good businesses are started from the simplest idea. This one certainly fits the bill. Julie was in her kitchen with her 6 year old son, Andrew. He wanted to help her cook dinner, and she jumped at the chance to further his interest. In what, she wasn't sure. Cooking? Being with his Mommy in the kitchen (a Mom can dream)? Playing with food (most likely)? Whatever the reason, she didn't care… he was ready to learn. This was a great chance to introduce him to cooking, nutrition, health, math, science, her head was spinning with the windows of opportunity. Starting a business was nowhere in the mix. Yet.

The next day she was disappointed to find very few cooking classes for kids. What Julie did find was an idea to start her own children's cooking school. That business turned out to be the first Young Chefs Academy (then it was "Mud Pie Cooking School for Kids!").



Now they are in 9 countries and counting! Little Andrew is over 6 ft. tall at 16. That was the beginning. The story of the very first idea that lead to tons of initiative, hard work, & perseverance, which lead to what's now a very tried-and-tested business model… and a pretty good place to start.


PHOTO: Andrew @14


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