Young Chefs Academy Franchisee Q & A

What is it really like to own this top children's franchise concept? What actual franchisees are saying about the Young Chefs Academy they operate and the positive impact that franchise ownership has had in their lives… 

Keera Reid

Keera Reid, YCA franchise owner and operator in Wesley Chapel/New Tampa, FL shared the following regarding her experience with the Young Chefs Academy team:

"I absolutely feel like the owners and executive team at YCA have a personal interest in the success of my business. Yes, it is true that ultimately, my success is their success. However, thus far, they have made every single resource available to me in preparation for the launch of my business.

From the moment I initially reached out to YCA back in March 2017 to inquire about the business, I have felt nothing but included in the future vision of our company. I am not just a number. The team has been nothing but available to me for any type of help, questions, feedback, and just overall support as a new business owner. The level of support has only grown since I made the decision to sign on as a new franchisee. I feel fully supported in this venture."


Adam and Anthony Bell

A father and son team take their love of cooking into a great next "business" chapter in their lives…



Lifelong foodies, Adam Bell and son, Anthony, had the mindset of striking out on their own, and began looking at alternative business ventures where they could thrive away from the corporate world. When looking at franchise opportunities, it was important to stay true to what they knew would drive them to succeed...the need to fulfill their dreams of enriching the lives of those within their community while feeding their foodie souls.

"We are so pleased to be the first Young Chefs Academy in Maryland," states Adam. "We see the joy on the young chefs faces everyday in classes, parties, field trips, and camps. The venture has been a very positive experience and the response from the community has been very exciting. We look forward to a fun filled year and plenty of cooking."


Chris and Karen Chesleigh

How these Forest Hills, NY Young Chefs Academy Franchise Owners Enjoy Their successful family business…

YCA: You were fabulous on ABC's "The Chew" celebrating Julia Child's 100th birthday! What was it like?

Karen: The Chew was an incredible experience. Everyone on the show was gracious and welcoming. When I say they did their homework, I really mean it, the process took months. I kept finding these crazy coincidences between myself and Julia. Let's not forget that she was the ultimate cooking teacher and I could only aspire to be as good as her. It is without question that she worked her magic in heaven to get me on that show. The icing on the cake was the day of the taping, when I found out she used that very same studio for her show and I got to stand in the same spot she did. It was such a gift to celebrate her 100 birthday in such an honorable way!

Josh Chris Karen                 

 Josh, Karen, and Chris


One student, Josh made it onto season 2 of FOX's MasterChef Junior. He has been attending cooking classes at Young Chefs Academy since 2009. He is now bringing his culinary expertise toYCA as an instructor as well!


YCA: Did you know Josh was a serious chef from his first class?

Karen: Yes, I knew he was special from day one. He had a very advanced pallet. It’s not often you meet a 7 year old with such willingness to try new foods. Josh is also a perfect student, he’s very respectful and I knew he really wanted to be in class. Any time we had a special event or media inquiry, we would call on Josh.

How did Josh's parents hear about YCA?

Karen: Serena Josh's mom noticed he had an interest and found us. It was love at first site.

Nora Lerner

How this Frisco, TX Young Chefs Academy Franchise Owner enjoys her successful family business…




Young Chefs Academy Frisco owner - Nora Lerner



Q: Why franchising?

When starting up as a small business owner, there is so much to do. Franchising gives you some structure and takes care of some of the infrastructure you would need to create along the road.

Q: Why did you choose this particular franchise?

I have been cooking my entire life. It is very dear to me, so opening a Young Chefs Academy was the clear choice. I also admire the company’s founder, Julie Burleson. She has given franchise owners a chance to teach kids of all ages invaluable life lessons with a rewarding concept that is both fun and fulfilling.

Q: Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research?

My research was much more than sitting online or looking through city records, although I did plenty of that. I got to know my community by volunteering in the area and speaking with other professionals and franchisees. I also relied on my previous experience in corporate America.

Young Chefs Academy Frisco pasta creation

Q: What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise?

Do it! My advice for individuals who want to own their own franchise is to choose one that you are passionate about and go for it.

Q: What’s next for you and your business?

I plan to open multiple Young Chefs Academy locations in the area. Our curriculum doesn’t stop at teaching kids how to cook. It opens the door to a new world of emotional and intellectual maturity for our students. I am very passionate about the way this concept touches people’s lives in such a positive and lasting way, and I want to share that with more people.

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