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Young Chefs Academy is turning cooking into a team sport

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Young Chefs Academy Kids Cooking School Franchise

Tap Into The Demand For A Children's Franchise In Your Community


Cooking is hot. One look at the sheer volume of cooking programs on television illustrates the ongoing and increasing public interest in learning how to cook - and cooking as a sport. Cooking-show competitions have made rock stars out of amateur chefs, putting many on the path to national and even global stardom. And it's not just adults taking part. Junior versions of popular programs and competitions, as well as those created exclusively for children and teens, are on the rise. That's why Young Chefs Academy is a popular and growing children's franchise. Through classes, workshops, and camps, it takes kids into the kitchen and teaches them not just how to cook, but how to work independently and as a team to master new skills. Along the way, they earn patches toward a coveted black chef's jacket! Young Chefs Academy programs are a fun, rewarding enrichment opportunity that kids and parents love - and that is the platform for a scalable, profitable business.

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What does it cost to own a Young Chefs Academy children's franchise?

A Young Chefs Academy franchise is an affordable business opportunity. Initial costs will be driven by the physical location and size of your franchise — many Young Chefs Academy owners opt for a single, two-kitchen facility, or pursue multiple locations as they find them to be more cost-effective.

  • Total Investment: $140,400 - $196,000*
  • Franchise Fee: $45,000*
  • Liquid Capital Required: $75,000*
  • Net Worth Required: $200,000*
  • Financing Assistance: Available via Third Party
  • Training and Support: Yes
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Reasons to own a Young Chefs Academy franchise


Grab a piece of the white-hot culinary-skills market and enrich the lives of your community’s children. Young Chefs Academy is popular with parents and kids alike, and every class, workshop and camp is an opportunity to grow the client base and bring in new business.

Life lessons

Cooking is a lifelong skill that heavily affects how and what we eat, and kids who master the basics early in life are well-positioned to make healthy choices about nutrition and meal prep throughout childhood and beyond.

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Enrichment is Important

Young Chefs Academy provides the opportunity for kids to learn hands-on cooking skills, as well as how to collaborate and work as a team should they pursue a career in the culinary arts as a chef, restaurant owner or even dietician.

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Cooking is a Sport

Not all kids are athletically inclined, but they love watching kids’ cooking competitions on TV and YouTube. Young Chefs Academy gives them an arena of their own while also helping them build valuable skills.

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What Our Franchisees Have To Say


The Opportunity


Young Chefs Academy is a scalable, easy-to-operate business that meets kids where they are by offering several skill levels to carry students from kindergarten through high school: KinderCooks®, JuniorChefs™, and SeniorChefs™. At every step, kids learn to cook dishes of varying complexity, which gives them confidence in and out of the kitchen. They also pick up valuable life lessons about where food comes from, nutrition, and the value of teamwork.

Explore an Opportunity in a Kids Franchises Entertainment That Gives Kids Lifelong Cooking Skills

Low Cost

Flexibility & Growth

Multiple Revenue Sources

Simple & Scalable

Meaningful Impact

"This is the perfect recipe for showing children cooking is a lifelong skill that can be artistic, creative, and fun"

Julie Burleson
Young Chefs Academy Founder/CEO

Kids Chef Franchise Owner Owner of a Kids Franchise

The Numbers

5%

Royalty

$45,000*

Franchise Fee

35%**

Growth by Individual Outlets

**from 2019-2021 (See Note 5)

$215,186*

Average Unit Gross Sales

$140,400 - $196,000

Total Investment

*Information as shown in our 2022 franchise disclosure document.

Recent Franchise Articles


Young Chefs Academy is a well-known and highly respected national brand with locations throughout the United States. Curious to learn more about what we — and our franchise owners — are up to? Enjoy our news and blogs.

Young Chefs® Academy Celebrates Two Anniversary Milestones This Month

Young Chefs Academy franchise owners are more than just an extension of the business. They're part of a dedicated team who defines our culture. Each year, we share new experiences and life celebrations - treating each new day as an opportunity to grow, evolve, and strengthen the brand and the culture that surrounds it. This month, Young Chefs Academy is proud to celebrate two monumental anniversaries and the franchise owners who have been with the brand for over a decade - Young Chefs Academy franchise owners: Kristen Braia in Richmond, VA and Gay Nan Moree in Baton Rouge, LA. Young Chefs Academy franchise owner, Kristen Braia of Richmond, VA

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A behind the scenes look at Young Chefs Academy's Founder and CEO

Julie Burleson's inspiring journey as Young Chefs

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Young Chefs Academy Updates Code of Values Statement

The mission of Young Chefs Academy to teach the Joy and Value of Cooking has always been the foundation of YCA's wide popularity with students across the US and beyond. That mission is carried through the Young Chefs Academy Code of Values connecting with families and inspiring a new generation of chefs. Young Chefs Academy recently updated it's formal list of values that truly encompass the brand culture. Following the recipe model, Young Chefs Academy shares the following RECIPE for success: Young Chefs Academy ~ Code of Values

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