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Hear From Some Satisfied Young Chefs Academy Owners - Entertainment Franchise Experience

You’ll never meet a more enthusiastic and engaged group than the Young Chefs Academy entertainment franchise owners from around the country. Here are some of their thoughts about why they love owning this business:

“I have felt supported from the moment I reached out to the corporate team. I am never hesitant to call with questions, and they have done more than I expected in terms of building an engaged, personal and professional relationship with me. They are as invested in my success as I am.”

Keera Reid
Wesley Chapel, FL

“We wanted something kid-centric that our daughter could be part of when we opened in 2007, and we love seeing kids in the loving environment we’ve created. Every class is a little victory for kids who are learning what they can do.”

Chris and Karen Chesleigh
Forest Hills, NY

“Our daughter was the second child to sign up when our local franchise opened 12 years ago, and she began working there as a teenager. One day she said she would own the place, and so when the opportunity came we knew we had to do it. The previous owner and the corporate team have been very helpful in getting us established, and we just love it.”

Tresalyn Butler
Gahanna, OH

“I have grown so much personally over the last 16 years as a business owner and a person," says Kristen Braia. "Owning a Young Chefs Academy is more than owning a business. Our customers become like family and we have a real opportunity to positively impact the community. YCA has allowed me the flexibility to be present for my family while working. I have watched the Young Chefs Academy Corporate team work hard to strengthen the brand. Our curriculum is top notch. I believe I am one of the few who can say they love what they do; it (Young Chefs Academy) is just a part of me now. When it was time for me to take on another venture, I knew it would be another Young Chefs Academy. It was really a combination of three things that drove me to do this; seeing the difference our programming makes in the lives of children and families, how in demand our program offerings are and the strong corporate team.”

Kristen Braia
Richmond, VA & Charleston, SC

“We have been able to do workshops, birthday parties and other events, even a team-building Christmas party for the local hospital. We love to have family nights and push what we are able to offer. It’s a pretty easy business to get in and learn, and the corporate team works with you on getting a good location and all the processes when you are starting out.”

Charisa Hauser and Dottie Corder
Rockwall, TX

“We love cooking and children, so it was a perfect match for us! It can be demanding, but we would do it all over again. This is a great franchise to be part of because you are giving back to the community and teaching kids lifelong skills. I have two kids, and I don’t want them growing up, going to college and eating fast food all the time. Parents want to know that their kids can prepare a nice, nutritious meal.”

Alfonso and Mary Vidal
Rogers, AR

“This business just lit me up and got me excited right away. It’s a business that brings joy to kids and parents and serves people in a happy and constructive way. The corporate team has all the materials you need for running the business, and they, along with the other franchise owners, have given me a lot of support.”

Chad Polikov
Marietta, GA

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*Based on total gross sales for Young Chefs Academy in the highest and average units for the 12-month period ending December 31, 2022 as per the 2023 FDD.  See Item 19 of the Young Chefs Academy 2023 FDD.
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Young Chefs Academy Code of Values

Code of Values


We are committed to treating every person how they would want to be treated. We are committed to being incredibly kind in everything we do.


We believe that every person is right from their own perspective and deserves empathy.


Children are our focus. We are committed to making a positive lasting influence on the children we serve.


We operate above the line. We do the right thing whether or not someone is watching and whether or not it is easy.


Every business action we take is driven by our enthusiasm and strong sense of purpose for the joy and value we are bringing to our customers' lives.

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We strive to provide an extraordinary experience from every touchpoint.

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