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.
9:05 AM

Young Chefs Academy TV Stars!

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

The Young Chefs Academy Franchise Cooks Up 4 Reality T.V. Stars on FOX's MasterChef Junior, Food Network's Chopped Jr., & TNT's On The Menu!

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Stating the glaring obvious, we are into cooking shows around here. Iron Chef, Cupcake Wars, Unwrapped, Rachael, Top Chef… we watch them, record them, and discuss them all on a regular basis.

You can imagine how proud we are to report we have had three students and one franchise owner on three of the most exciting cooking shows on TV! 

Mikey Robins was one of the youngest winners of Food Network's Chopped where Ted Allen via Twitter referred to him as the "most talented chef to ever compete on the show." He is also a cook book author, event planner and can be seen on Food Network’s newest series, Kitchen Inferno. His mom, a YCA franchise owner, emailed us to share the exciting news and to credit his YCA experience for laying the foundation for his culinary skills. He's one young chef to watch!

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Mikey Robins on a billboard in NYC promoting the Chopped Teen Tournament!

In each episode of the show, On the Menu (featuring Ty Pennington and Emeril Lagasse), Read More

4:46 PM

From the Founder's Desk: New Year, New Start!

From the Founder's Desk: New Year, New Start!
Young Chefs Academy CEO Julie Burleson announces exciting news for the Children's Cooking School Franchise Company!


Right now Young Chefs is undergoing one of the most exciting periods of innovation and expansion since its inception. Our corporate offices have been buzzing with positive, almost giddy energy most of the last year.  Let's just say we've been very busy making some pretty major changes.  I have put together a new corporate team with one goal in mind:  To bring franchisees the support and systems they require in order to deliver an over the top culinary experience for their customers.  The evolution has been slow, steady, and extremely deliberate, with our team working diligently behind the scenes to put the kids and our franchisees first.  

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A key change that our customers (that being our ‘crazy for cooking’ kid chefs) are noticing is the major revamp we have made in our culinary curriculum.  Today you would find a YCA monthly class planner highlighting culinary skills such as leavening, tempering, julienne, docking, piping, just to name a few.  What’s docking you ask?  Read More

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