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.
9:00 AM

Kansas City Area Welcomes Young Chefs Academy

Young Chefs Academy is in the midst of an exciting growth phase, and recently arrived in Lenexa, Kansas to provide a warm, welcoming outlet for children to build their culinary passions and interests. Franchise owner Julia Krumme kicked off the Grand Opening with an open house, which included a ribbon cutting and fun cooking activities for kids.

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Kansas City native and Young Chefs Academy founder, Julie Burleson, was very excited to attend the Grand Opening and said she "couldn't be happier to see our concept launching where I grew up."

The event garnered the eye of the media, and the Kansas City Business Journal ran a story announcing the opening. Click here to read the full story, and check out the pictures below! 

9:00 AM

Corporate Headquarters in Waco Garner Press Coverage

As increasing numbers of children discover just how rewarding it is to cook, the unique franchise opportunity at Young Chefs Academy continues to shine.

Recently, CEO and founder Julie Burleson was interviewed for the Waco Tribune-Herald, where Young Chefs Academy is based, about the brand’s impressive national expansion plans. Julie also spoke about the special place the brand holds in the lives of the students it influences. 


“The welcoming environment provides a ‘real’ setting so that the students can take what they learn at YCA to their own homes,” Burleson said. “The kitchen is the pulse of the home, where we learn about life and each other. We strive to nourish those values and give kids an innovative environment to learn and thrive.”

Click here to read the full story in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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

10:36 AM

Make the Holidays Sweeter with Prizes from Young Chefs Academy

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Young Chefs Academy is getting in the holiday spirit – and encouraging other young food lovers to do the same – with a gingerbread house decorating contest! Whether it’s built in the comfort of your own home or at one of Young Chefs Academy’s interactive Holiday Gingerbread House Workshops, you can share a photo of your decorated gingerbread house creation for a chance to win Young Chefs Academy prizes.

For a chance to win the grand prize of a free Young Chefs Academy private party for up to 10 people, as well as several other great prizes, submit a photo on the Young Chefs Academy corporate Facebook page between Nov. 25 and Dec. 21. More details about contest guidelines and prizes can be found on the Facebook page as well. We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!

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