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.
2:39 PM

Summer Sizzles at Young Chefs Academy


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Summer Camp 2018

It’s hard to think of now but before you know it Summer will be knocking at our door.  The snow will melt, the sun will be shining and parents will be looking for something to avoid the boredom blues with more to experience than video games and cartoons.  With so many options, it can be difficult to choose. 

Young Chefs® Academy provides an interactive, fun alternative to the summer norm.  Camp Can-I-Cook® camp experiences are filled with more than simply cooking a recipe. 

What makes Young Chefs® Academy Camp unique?

  • 3-hours of culinary FUN each day
  • Develop new culinary skills & techniques
  • Learn about unique cultural flavors, festive tips
  • Empower creativity to explore new discoveries with flavors and pairings
  • Experience new activities and focuses each day
  • Create new friendships through teamwork activities
  • Develop personal growth skills and confidence in the kitchen
  • Cultivate a life-long skill that can be carried with them their entire lives

And get bug spray, sunscreen or packing required!  We supply everything our campers need during each 3-hour, interactive day.

Our talented and expert curriculum team has been hard at work over the past several months developing new and exciting culinary adventures for summer.  The creativity will be flowing during each camp experience allowing our budding young chefs to flourish. 



And now...

it's time to reveal....

(drum roll, please)...


our exciting line-up of summer camp fun for 2018!!


2018 Summer Camp Themes

YCA Showdown:  Chocolate Edition

Chocolate, sweet chocolate!  Our Chocolate Showdown will be filled with friendly competition each day where our Young Chefs™ will master the art of chocolate.  Surprises await around each corner where students will use their creativity to concoct some of the most delectable dishes.

YCA Showdown:  Baking Edition

Teams will compete in a series of challenges each day after learning tips and tricks from the master chefs at Young Chefs® Academy!  Sweet and savory will connect to bring the most delicious creations to life.  Bring it on!! 

YCA Showdown:  Secret Ingredient Edition

Hummm….who knows what surprises await during this week’s camp!  What will each day bring?  Only our young chefs will know once they unlock the secret ingredient of the day where, not only will they learn secrets of the trade, but will let their creative juices flow as they create unique dishes of their very own!  Who needs a recipe!

The Cupcake Shoppe

Be the master of your very own Cupcake Shoppe as you learn design techniques and skills used to construct the most delicious concoctions that taste as great as they look!

International Culinary Tour

Haemul Pajeon, Ukoy, Hotteok?  What do all of these have in common?  They are delicious recipes unique to countries you will explore ONLY at Young Chefs® Academy during our International Culinary Tour!  Come Taste the Journey!

It's a Summer Party!

Summer’s not summer without a party!  Join us as we party our way through summer with unparalleled festive and delicious dishes.

Summertime Treats

BBQ’s, Picnics, Glamping…it’s what summer is all about!  Join us as we explore summer treats that are sure to beat the heat….and tantalize our taste buds! 

Summer Road Trip

Have you ever dreamed of going on a culinary food trip through the United States? Join us as our taste buds travel and explore cuisines from coast-to-coast during this culinary escapade!  Buckle up for adventure!

About Camp Can-I-Cook:

Camp Can-I-Cook is the place to be during special times of the year. Each camp consists of a three-hour session for three or four consecutive days (depending on each independently owned and operated franchise location). Campers will get to experience new tastes and learn to prepare recipes from various cuisines "with a twist".  

Find a location near you at and save your space in our kitchen before they fill up! 

11:35 AM

By Guest Columnist, Deb Evans, CFE
President Deb Evans Consulting, Social Geek Radio Sponsor

Is there anything better than new franchisee excitement during training?

Usually, when I arrive at a training, social media is one piece of the operations puzzle that a franchisee is the least excited to learn. New franchise owner training is like drinking from a fire hose. So much to learn, retain and implement when they return to their territories. They are often tired and glazed over.

But when I meet a new franchisee with a high level of excitement and says, "I have always wanted to do a Facebook live and can't wait to learn how", I run with it and we all have a great time!

Allentown, PA, Wesley Chapel FL, Coral Springs FL, Sunnyvale CA and Ohio communities are fortunate to have Young Chefs Academy entering their communities!

Thank you, Julie, Roger, Jamie, Charles and the Young Chefs corporate team for the opportunity to work with your system.

To learn more about Young Chefs Academy franchise opportunities:

Tune into Your Working Life podcast with Julie Burleson who shares her journey and the journey of a franchise prospect for Young Chefs Academy



Deb Evans   About Deb Evans:

Deb Evans Consulting partners with local businesses and franchise systems by adding value to their social media  platforms.

Deb does this by working closely with business owners and franchise leaders assessing their social media presence and together develop a comprehensive, easy to implement a social media marketing plan.

Founder Deb Evans is an International Franchise Association (IFA) Certified Franchise Executive, Speaker, and Social Media Enthusiast.  Deb entered the franchise world first as an employee then as a franchisee in 1996. From 2004 – 2010, Deb was president of Computer Explorers technology education franchise. As a franchisor, she advised on digital media activities across the brand for internal communications, customer service, and marketing strategies building and expanding the digital footprint for the brand and franchisees.

After 16+ years as a franchise employee, franchisee and franchisor, Deb established Deb Evans Consulting to educate/train franchise industry leaders and small business owners to create and strengthen a culture and community through the use of social media and marketing.

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